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Vita

CURRICULUM VITAE

Jennifer A. (Kedzie) Raff

Department of Anthropology

University of Texas at Austin

Email: jenniferraff@utexas.edu

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

           

Biological Anthropology, Genetics and Genomics, Ancient DNA, Human Variation, Evolutionary Anthropology, Molecular Biology, Colonization and Prehistory of the Americas, Midwestern and Arctic Genetic Diversity, Paleopathology.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D. (2008)   Anthropology and Genetics (dual degree): Indiana University, Bloomington. Dissertation title: An Ancient DNA Perspective on the Prehistory of the Lower Illinois Valley.

 

M.A. (2008)   Anthropology: Indiana University, Bloomington

 

B.A. (2001) Biology and Anthropology (double major): Indiana University, Bloomington.

 

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 

2013-Present   Postdoctoral Fellow: Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

 

2011-2013       Postdoctoral Fellow: Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Molecular Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University at Chicago

 

2008-2011       Postdoctoral Associate: Department of Anthropology, University of Utah at Salt Lake City

 

2002-2008       Graduate Researcher: Departments of Biology and Anthropology, Indiana University at Bloomington

 

2001-2002       Research Assistant: Department of Biology, Indiana University at Bloomington

 

1997-2001       Undergraduate Research Assistant: Department of Biology, Indiana University at Bloomington

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Edited Volumes

Raff, JA. (In Press) Review of Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance. Human Biology.

 

Raff JA and Bolnick DA.(2014) Genetic roots of the first Americans. Nature 506: 162-163

 

Powell, ML, DC Cook, MM Langley, SD Spencer, JA Raff, FA Kaestle. (2012) The ‘African Queen’, A Portuguese Mystery. In: The Bioarchaeology of Individuals: Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Past: Local, Regional, and Global, Ann Lucy Stodder & Ann M. Palkovich, Editors. University Press of Florida.

 

Raff, J.A., Bolnick, D.A., Tackney, J., O’Rourke, D.H. (2011) Ancient DNA Perspectives on American Colonization and Population History. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146: 503-514. One of the five most accessed articles in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2011

 

Raff, J.A., Tackney, J., O’Rourke, D.H. (2010) South from Alaska: A Pilot aDNA Study of Genetic History on the Alaskan Peninsula and Eastern Aleutians. Human Biology

82(5-6): 677-693.

 

O’Rourke, D.H., and Raff, J.A. (2010) The Final Frontier: Genetic Perspectives on American Colonization. Current Biology 20: R202-R207.

 

Meier, R. J. and Raff, J.A. (2010) Genetics in Human Biology. In: Human Evolutionary Biology, Michael P. Muehinbein, Editor. Cambridge University Press.

 

Raff J, Cook D, Kaestle F. (2006) Tuberculosis in the New World: a Study of Ribs from the Schild Mississippian Population, West-Central Illinois. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 101(Suppl. II):25-27. Rio de Janeiro.

 

Lee, S., Carlson, T., Christian, N., Lea, K., Kedzie, J., Reilly, J.P., Bonner, J.J. (2000). The Yeast Heat Shock Transcription Factor Changes Conformation in Response to   Superoxide and Temperature. Molecular Biology of the Cell 11:1753-1764.

 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2014                Guest lecturer, Anthropology 349D: Anthropological Genetics (University of Texas)

 

2014                Instructor, Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics

 

2013                Guest lecturer, Anthropological 349D: Anthropological Genetics. (University of Texas)

 

                        Guest lecturer, “Archaeogenetics” (Indiana University, South Bend)

 

2010-2011       Instructor, University of Utah:

Anthropology L2020 (Human evolution). This undergraduate non-major course addressed key concepts in human evolutionary biology from an interdisciplinary perspective, and included a laboratory component in which students worked with data from the fossil and genetic record to explore questions of human prehistory, adaptations, and diversity.

 

2006-2008       Instructor, Indiana University:

Anthropology B200 (Introduction to Bioanthropology). This course, for undergraduate anthropology majors and non-majors, taught fundamentals of the field of biological anthropology, including human genetics and variability, human evolution, molecular anthropology, and primatology.    

 

Biology L301 (Information Literacy for Biologists), co-taught with Brian Winterman. This upper-division course for biology and chemistry majors was designed to prepare students for careers in medicine and research. Students were taught how to design research projects, conduct database searches, find and evaluate literature relevant to their research, read and critically analyze primary research papers, present findings at a scientific meeting (in both podium and poster formats), write research proposals, and understand and participate in the process of peer review for funding and publication.

 

2003-2006       Teaching Assistant, Indiana University

Biology L211 (Molecular Biology). This course, required for undergraduate biology majors, provided an introduction to major topics and current research in molecular biology.

                       

Biology L311 (Genetics). This course, required for upper-division undergraduate biology majors, provided an introduction to major topics and current research in genetics.

 

Biology L318 (Cell Biology). This course, for upper-division undergraduate biology majors, provided an introduction to major topics and current research in cellular biology.

 

2000-2001       Undergraduate Teaching Intern, Indiana University: COAS E105. This course, for non-science majors of all levels, provided an overview of concepts in human origins, drawing upon findings in the fields of evolutionary biology, genetics, and cultural anthropology.

 

FIELDWORK

 

2009, 2010      (Concurrent field programs) Nuvuk Archaeological Project, Pt. Barrow, Alaska. Anne Jensen, Principle Investigator. Assisted in burial excavation and ongoing physical anthropological study of the early Thule inhabitants.

Genetics of the Alaska North Slope. M.G. Hayes, Principle Investigator: Assisted with recruitment and sample collection from study participants.

 

 

2000                Western Belize Regional Cave Project, Cayo District, Belize. Jaime Awe, Principle Investigator. Archaeological excavations of Classical Mayan sites (including Actun Tunichil Muknal).

 

 

 

RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

2014                Co-PI: Texas Rock Art Foundation grant for “Ancient DNA Analysis of the Prehistory of the Lower Pecos Region of Texas”

 

2004, 2006      National Science Foundation IGERT Doctoral Fellowship for study on “The evolution of tuberculosis in prehistoric North America”

 

2005                Skomp Research Feasibility Grant for study on “The evolution of tuberculosis in prehistoric North America”

 

2004                Skomp Research Feasibility Grant for study on “Prehistoric population movements and disease in ancient North America”

 

2002                Women in Science Program Graduate Fellowship

 


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

*International conferences

 

Upcoming       Raff, J.A., Bolnick, D. Ancient DNA Analysis of the Prehistoric Inhabitants of the Lower Pecos Region of Texas. Texas Archaeological Society Annual Meeting, October 2014.

*2014              Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., and Hayes, M.G. Understanding the colonization of the North American Arctic: Phylogenetic analysis of Y chromosome lineages from Iñupiat populations of the Alaskan North Slope. 83rd annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. April 9-12, 2014.

 

2013                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., and Hayes, M.G. Proposed revisions to human mitochondrial haplogroup phylogenies A2 and D4 based on whole mitochondrial genome sequencing of Alaskan Iñupiat populations. Poster presented at the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. July 9-11.

 

2013                Torosin N.S., Raff, J.A, and Hayes, M.G. A Genetic Test for the Effect of the Toba Volcanic Eruption on Worldwide Population Sizes in Animal Species. Poster presented at the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. July 9-11.

 

2013                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., and Hayes, M.G. Understanding the Colonization of the North American Arctic: The Results of Whole Mitochondrial Genome Sequencing of Iñupiat Populations of the Alaskan North Slope. Paper presented at 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Knoxville, TN. April 9-13.

 

2013                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., and Hayes, M.G. Patterns of Genetic Diversity and Shared Mitochondrial and Y-Chromosome Lineages among Iñupiat Communities of the Alaskan North Slope. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage, AK. March 13-16.

 

2012                Raff, J.A., Tackney, J., Rzhetskaya, M., and Hayes, M.G. Analysis of Whole Mitochondrial Genomes from Inupiat Populations of the Alaskan North Slope. Poster presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. San Francisco, CA. November 6-10.

 

2012                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., Tackney, J, O’Rourke, D.H., and Hayes, M.G. Mitochondrial and Y-chromosome Diversity in Inupiat Populations of the Alaskan North Slope: Implications for North American Arctic Prehistory. Paper presented at the 18th Inuit Studies Conference. Washington, D.C. October 24-28.

 

2012                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., Hayes, M.G. Y Chromosome Diversity in Inupiat Populations of the Alaskan North Slope. Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Portland, OR. April 12-14.

 

2012                Tackney, J.C., Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya M., Jensen, A.M., O’Rourke, D.H., Hayes, M.G. Ancient and Modern Genetic Diversity of Inupiat Populations From the Alaskan North Slope. Paper presented at the invited symposium: Innovation, Challenges and New Directions in Genetic Research with Indigenous Populations. 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Portland, OR. April 12-14.

 

2012                Raff, J.A. Rzhetskaya, M., Tackney, J.C., O’Rourke, D. H., Hayes, M. G. Human migrations in the Arctic: Mitochondrial DNA Evidence for the Origins of the Paleo- and Neo- Eskimo Peoples. 39th Annual Conference of the Alaskan Anthropological Association. Seattle, WA. February 29-March 3.

 

*2011              Tackney, J.C., Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., Hayes, M.G., O’Rourke, D.H. Ancient and Modern Genetic Diversity of Inupiat Populations From the Alaskan North Slope: Insights Into Paleo- and Neo-Eskimo Origins. Paper presented at the International Conference Comparing Ancient and Modern DNA Variability in Human Populations. Portugal. November 23-25.

 

*2011              Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., Armstrong, L., Hayes, M.G. Increased Genetic Diversity Observed Among Inupiat Populations From the Alaskan North Slope. Poster presented at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics. Montreal, Canada. October 11-15.

 

*2011              Tackney, J.C., Raff, J.A., Coltrain, J.B., Jensen, A.M., O’Rourke, D.H.

Molecular Analysis of an Ancient Thule Population at Point Barrow, Alaska. Poster presented at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics. Montreal, Canada. October 11-15.

 

2011                Raff, J.A., Tackney J. C., O’Rourke D. South From Alaska: An aDNA Study of the Genetic History of the Alaska Peninsula and Eastern Aleutians. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Minneapolis, MN, April 12-16.

 

2011                Millward, G., Harrison, J., Raff, J., Kaestle, F., Cook, D.C. Measuring the Genetic Effect of the Mississippian Transition in the Lower Illinois River Valley: An Ancient DNA Analysis. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Minneapolis, MN, April 12-16.

 

2011                Tackney, J.C., Jensen, A., Raff, J.A., O’Rourke, D. Ancient mtDNA Analysis at Nuvuk, An Ancient Thule Village at Point Barrow, Alaska. Poster presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Minneapolis, MN, April 12-16.

 

2010                O’Rourke D.H., Tackney J., Raff, J.A. Ancient DNA Insights into American Colonization. Paper presented at the Wiley-Blackwell Symposium at the 79th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Albuquerque, NM. April 14-17.

 

2010                Raff, JA, Tackney, J, O’Rourke, D.H. South From Alaska: An aDNA Study of Genetic History on the Alaska Peninsula and Eastern Aleutians. Paper presented at the 18th annual Arctic Conference. Bryn Mawr, PA. November 12-13.

 

2009                Raff, JA, Marchani, E, O’Rourke, D.H. mtDNA Sequences in Prehistoric Populations of the Alaska Peninsula: Mink Island and Port Moller. Paper presented at the 17th annual Arctic Conference. Boulder, CO. November 13-14.

 

2008                Raff, JA, DC Cook, S Alt, FA Kaestle. Gene Flow and the Mississippian Emergence in the Lower Illinois Valley. Paper presented at the 37th annual Midwestern Archaeology Conference, Milwaukee WI. October 16-19.

 

2008                Raff, JA, FA Kaestle, DC Cook. Mortuary Practices and Communicable Disease Risk: Implications for Tuberculosis Transmission in Precolumbian North America. Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Paleopathology Association. Columbus, OH. April 8-9.

 

*2008              Kaestle, FA, JA Raff, G Millward. Kinship in the Archaeological Record: Ancient DNA Insights. Paper presented at the 73rd annual Society for American Archaeology Meetings. Vancouver, BC, Canada. March 26-30.

 

*2007              Powell, ML, DC Cook, MM Langley, JA Raff, FA Kaestle. The ‘African Queen’, a Portuguese Mystery. Paper presented at the 2nd annual Paleopathology Association South American Meetings. Santiago, Chile. November 14-16.

 

2007                Cook, DC, JA Raff, FA Kaestle and R Garniewicz. Rearticulated Burials from Pete Klunk Mound 1: A Middle Woodland Representation of the Honored Dead. Paper presented at the 36th annual Midwest Archaeology Conference, Notre Dame, IN. October 4-6.

 

2006                Raff, JA, DC Cook, FA Kaestle. The Madonna and Child Trope: Mortuary Practices in Illinois. Paper presented at the 35th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, IL. October 12-15.

 

2006                Raff, JA, DC Cook, DA Bolnick, FA Kaestle. The Evolution of Tuberculosis in Prehistoric North America. Poster presented at the IU & Univ. or Oregon NSF IGERT Minisymposium: Origin of Novel Features. Bloomington, IN. October 6-8.

 

2006                Kaestle, FA, JA Raff, K Giesting, DC Cook. TB in Pre-contact North America: Who Had It and What Was It? Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Anchorage, AL. March 5-12.

 

2005                Raff, JA. M Fenn, DC Cook, FA Kaestle. Ancient DNA Investigations of Woodland and Mississippian Populations in the Lower Illinois Valley. Paper presented at the 104th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C. November 30 – December 4.

 

2005                Raff, JA, DC Cook, FA Kaestle. Strain Analysis and Prevalence of Tuberculosis in Ancient North America; Evidence From the Schild Mississippian Cemetery. Paper presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Milwaukee, WI. April 7-9.

 

*2005              Kaestle, FA, JA Raff, DC Cook. Ancient DNA Analysis of Pre-contact TB. Paper presented at the 1st Paleopathology Association Meetings in South America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 27-29.

 

2005                Raff, JA, S Chang, FA Kaestle, DC Cook. The Relationship Between Rib Periosteal Lesions and Tuberculosis Complex Infection. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Milwaukee, WI. April 4-6.

 

INVITED/PUBLIC LECTURES

 

2014                “Ancient DNA Research Methods and Ethics”. Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics. University of Texas, Austin.

 

2014                “Ancient molecules and migrations: Understanding the origins of the earliest Americans.” The Summer Science Program, New Mexico Institute of Technology.

 

2013                “Anthropological genetic investigations into the final frontier: Human colonization of the North American Arctic.” Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

 

2013                “The Peopling of the Americas.” Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

 

2012                “Blending Genomics and Anthropology to Understand Human Prehistory.” Scholarship and Discovery Conversation Series. Sponsored by the School of Health Professions, Mizzou Advantage, and the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia.

 

2011                “Women in Prehistoric North America.” Women in Science Day Featured Lecture. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Indiana University South Bend.

 

CONFERENCES AND SESSIONS ORGANIZED/CHAIRED

                       

2014                Co-organizer: Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics. University of Texas, Austin.

 

2014                Co-organizer with Michael O’Brien (University of Missouri) and Dennis O’Rourke (University of Utah): American Colonization and Dispersal: Disciplinary Perspectives and Challenges. Conference sponsored by Mizzou Advantage, University of Missouri.

 

2011                Session Chair, Anthropological Genetics of the Americas. 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

2009                Co-organizer and Session Chair, Current Frontiers in Evolution, Development, and Genomics. Indiana University & University of Oregon NSF-IGERT Symposium. Bloomington, Indiana.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND SCIENCE OUTREACH

 

Referee for Journals: Nature, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Journal of Human Biology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

 

Science outreach and communication

 

Personal blog:   www.violentmetaphors.com

Aimed at helping non-scientists distinguish the difference between legitimate research and pseudo-science, providing resources for young scientists, as well as highlighting interesting topics in science, with a special emphasis on women in science.

 

Total views from April 2013 through September 21, 2014: 3,230,819

 

Cited as an important resource by Nature News blog, the American Library Association, Scientific American blog, and the BBC science and technology blog. Featured on Freshly Pressed and BoingBoing.

 

Huffington Post: Contributing science blogger since 4/8/14.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association of Physical Anthropology

American Society of Human Genetics

American Association of Anthropological Genetics

Alaska Anthropological Association

Texas Archaeological Society

 

References

Available upon request

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