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					                                   M E L I S S A M. G R A Y
                                        University of Wisconsin-Madison
                                            Department of Genetics
                                                 425 Henry Mall
                                              Madison WI 53706
                                               mgray3@wisc.edu
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Position
2009-                    NIH NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Education
2002 - 2009              Ph.D. Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
1999 - 2002              M.S. Biology, California State University, Los Angeles, CA.
1998 - 1999              B.S. Biology (Ecology), University of Akron, Akron, OH.
1994 - 1998              Biology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA.

Research Experience
2009-                    Postdoctoral Training, Dr. Bret Payseur, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI
2002-2009                Ph.D. Graduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
                         Dr. Robert Wayne (Graduate Advisor)
                         Dissertation: Use of Molecular and Statistical Tools to Study the Demography of Various Canid
                         Populations.
                         Chapter I: Non Invasive Sampling to Monitor Wild Island Fox Populations.
                         Chapter II: Linkage Disequilibrium and Demographic History of Wild and Domestic Canids.
                         Chapter III: IGF1 Haplotyping Supports a Middle East Origin for Small Dogs.
2001 - 2002              Student Research Assistant, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
                         Dr. Robert Wayne (Research Supervisor)
                         Constructed microsatellite libraries for various avian and herpetological species.
2000                     Research training course, Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center
                         Course Title: Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics
1999 - 2002              M.S. Graduate Student, CEA-CREST Fellow, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
                         Dr. Elizabeth Torres (Graduate Advisor)
                         Master’s Thesis: Conservation Genetics of the Channel Island Fox (Urocyon Littoralis).
1999                     Internship - Animal Behavior, Akron Zoo, Akron, OH
                         Red Panda behavior research and Zookeeper duties
1998- 1999               Student Research Lab Assistant, University of Akron, Biology Department, Akron, OH
                         Dr. Stephen Weeks (Research Supervisor)
                         Gut content analysis of fish (Poeciliopsis sp.) and protein electrophoresis of clam shrimp
                         (Eulimnada texana).
1997- 1997               Student Lab Assistant, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
                         Dr. Cyndi Rebar (Research Supervisor)
                         Prepared live animal traps and course materials for a graduate Mammalogy course.

Teaching Experience
2002 - 2009              Teaching Associate, University of California, Los Angeles.
                         Evolution (2 quarters); Conservation Biology (2 quarters); Introductory Biology (1 quarter)
1999 - 2001              Teaching Assistant, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
                         Introductory Biology (2 quarters) and Animal Biology (2 quarters)
1999 - 2000              UPP (University Preparatory Program) Student Teacher (3 three hour Evolution Lab sessions)
                         California State University, Los Angeles, CA. Instructing ninth grade students
1994 - 1997              Computer Lab Assistant, Edinboro University Technology and Communications, Edinboro, PA

Publications
Gray, M. M., Sutter, N.B., Ostrander, E.A., and R.K. Wayne. In press. The IGF1 small dog haplotype is derived from Middle Eastern
        gray wolves. BMC Biology.
Wright, H. W. Y., Gray, M. M., Wayne, R. K. and R. Woodroffe. In press. Mating tactics and paternity in a socially monogamous
        canid, the bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis). Journal of Mammalogy.
Gray, M. M., Granka, J. M., Bustamante, C. D., Sutter, N. B., Boyko, A. R., Zhu, L., Ostrander, E. A., and R. K. Wayne. 2009.
         Linkage Disequilibrium and Demographic History of Wild and Domestic Canids. Genetics. 181: 1493–1505.
Sutter, N. B., Mosher, D. S., Gray, M. M. and E. A. Ostrander. 2008. Morphometrics Within Dog Breeds Are Highly
         Reproducible and Dispute Rensch’s Rule. Mammalian Genome. 19:713-723.
Sutter, N.B., Bustamante, C.D., Chase, K., Gray, M.M., Zhao, K., Zhu, L., Padhukasahasram, B., Karlins, E., Davis, S., Jones, P.G.,
         Quignon, P., Johnson, G.S., Parker, H.G., Fretwell, N., Mosher, D.S., Lawler, D.F., Satyaraj, E., Nordborg, M., Lark, K.G.,
         Wayne, R.K., and E.O. Ostrander. 2007. A Single IGF1 Allele Is a Major Determinant of Small Size in Dogs. Science.
         316(5821):112.
Asa, C.S. , Bauman, J.E., Coonan, T.J., Gray, M.M. 2007. Evidence for induced ovulation in a canid, the island fox
         (Urocyon littoralis). Journal of Mammalogy. 88(2):436-440.
Bardeleben, C., Gray, M.M., Austin, J. and C. Hoskin. 2006. Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for
         the ornate frog (Cophixalus ornatus). Molecular Ecology Notes. 6:888-890.
Gray, M.M., Hoskin, C., Austin, J. and C. Bardeleben. 2006. Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for
         the green-eyed tree frog (Litoria genimaculata). Molecular Ecology Notes. 6:859-861.
Bardeleben, C. and M.M. Gray. 2005. Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for the streak-necked
         flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis. Molecular Ecology Notes 5:755-756.
Bardeleben, C., Moore, R.L., and M.M. Gray. 2005. Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for the skink
         Mabuya affinis. Molecular Ecology Notes 5:871-872.
Bardeleben, C. and M.M. Gray. 2005 Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for the masked flowerpiercer
         Diglossa cyanea. Molecular Ecology Notes 5:849–850.
Pollinger, J., Bustamante, C.D., Fledel-Alon, A., Gray, M.M., Schmutz, S.M. and R.K. Wayne. 2005. Selective sweep mapping of
         genes with large phonotypic effects. Genome Research. 15:1809-1819.
Bardeleben, C. and M.M. Gray. 2005 Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for the pygmy kingfisher Ceyx
         picta. Molecular Ecology Notes. 5: 478-480.
Bardeleben, C., Gray, M.M., Austin, J., and I. Amorim Do Rosario. 2005 Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide
         microsatellitemarkers for the large-billed scrubwren (Sericomis magnirostris) Molecular Ecology Notes 5: 143-145.
Coonan, T. J., K. Rutz, D. K. Garcelon, B. C. Latta, M. M. Gray and E. T. Aschehoug. 2005. Progress in island fox recovery efforts
         on the northern Channel Islands. Pages 263-274 in Garcelon, D. K., and C. A. Schwemm, (eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth
         California Islands Symposium. National Park Service Technical Publication CHIS-05-01, Institute for Wildlife Studies,
         Arcata, California.
Gray M.M., and S.C. Weeks. 2001. Niche breadth in clonal and sexual fish (Poeciliopsis): A test of the frozen niche-variation model.
         Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 58:1313-1318.
Weeks S.C., Crosser B.R., and M.M. Gray. 2001. Relative fitness of two hermaphroditic mating types in the androdioecious clam
         shrimp, Eulimnadia texana. Evolution. 14(1):83-94.
Weeks S.C., Crosser B.R., Bennett R., Gray M.M., and N. Zucker. 2000. Maintenance of androdioecy in the freshwater shrimp,
         Eulimnadia texana: Estimates of inbreeding depression in two populations. Evolution. 54(3): 878–887.
Weeks S.C., Crosser B.R., Gray M.M., Matweyou J.A., and N. Zucker. 2000. Is there sperm storage in the clam shrimp, Eulimnadia
         texana? Invertebrate Biology. 119(2): 215-221

Grants & Fellowships
2010-                     National Institutes of Health: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Post-doctoral
                          Fellowship
2009                      Computation & Informatics in Biology & Medicine Training Program postdoctoral traineeship,
                          University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007-2008                 UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship
2006                      Quality of Graduate Education Quarter Fellowship
2005-2006                 NRS Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant
2005-2007                 Californian Ecosystem Studies Unit, National Park Service Grant (Task#: J8C07050011)
                          Development of Fecal Genotyping Methods for Monitoring Island Fox Populations
2004-2006                 UCLA Genomics Analysis and Interpretation Training Grant, Funded by the NIH/NHGRI
                          (Grant # 5 T32 HG002536)
2002-2003                 Genetic Resource Conservation Program Grant (Project #2003-167)
1999-2003                 National Park Service grant, Channel Island National Park
1999-2002                 CEA-CREST Graduate fellowship, California State University, Los Angeles
1998-1999                 Research experience for undergraduates (REU) program through NSF (DEB- 9628865) “The
                          effects of multi-generational inbreeding on the fitness of inbred and outcrossed shrimp (Eulimnada
                          texana).”

Presentations & Posters
2010                      Demographic History and the Evolution of Body Size in Wild and Domestic Canids. Invited Talk. School
                         of Veterinary Medicine. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
2010                     From Canids to House Mice: Demographic History and the Evolution of Body Size. Invited Talk. J.F.Crow
                         Institute for the Study of Evolution. University of Wisconsin, Madison
2008                     Linkage Disequilibrium and Demographic History in Wild and Domestic Canids. Contributed
                         Talk. Annual Meeting of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution. Barcelona, Spain.
2007                     Development of Fecal Genotyping Methods for Monitoring Island Fox Populations. Contributed Talk.
                         Channel Island fox recovery meeting. Ventura, CA.
2006                     The Utility of Dog Derived SNPs for Use in Estimating Demographic History, and Mapping
                         Studies in Wild Canids. Invited Talk. SNP Workshop II: Applications of SNP Genotyping in Fisheries
                         Management. Girwood, Alaska
2005                     Genetic Determination of Skeletal Size Differences Between Toy, Miniature, and Standard
                         Poodles. Poster. NIH/NHGRI Retreat, Gettysburg, PA
2003                     Genes of Large Phenotypic Effect Identified by Selective Sweeps. Poster. Evolutionary and
                         Ecological Functional Genomics Gordon Research Conference, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, MA.
2003                     Channel Island Fox Genetic Analysis. Contributed Talk. Island Fox Conservation Working Group
                         meeting, Venture, CA.
2000                     Impact of a Bottleneck on Genetic Diversity in the Channel Island Fox (Urocyon
                         littoralis) and Genetic Assessment of Relatedness Among Individuals in a Captive Population. Contributed
                         Talk. CEA-CREST Environmental Conference, Pasadena, CA.
Mentorship
2008                     SMBE Meeting 2008, Undergraduate Diversity Program
                         Project: Faecal Sample Monitoring of the Endangered Island fox
2008 (Summer)                     Daniel Moreno (undergraduate bridge program)
2008-                             Annie Oh (undergraduate)
2008 (1quarter)                   Becky Mustacio (undergraduate)
2006-2008                         Amanda Lea (undergraduate)
2007-2008                         Anjali Tapadia (undergraduate)
2007-2008                         Daniel Greenfield (undergraduate, laboratory technician)
                         Project: AFLP analysis for the construction of a genetic map of the Endangered Island fox.
2005-2006                         Natasha Del Cid
2005                     Evolution Meeting 2005, Undergraduate Diversity at SSE/SSB Mentorship

Peer Reviews
Heredity
Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Journal of Animal Genetics

Honors & Awards
2008                     Robert C. Lasiewski Award. Departmental Award for outstanding research accomplishments in
                         organismic biology
2005                     Outstanding Poster Presentation at the National Institute of Health/National Human Genome
                         Research Institute Retreat, Gettysburg, PA
2003                     Graduate Honor Student, California State University, Los Angeles
2001                     Certificate of Special Recognition in Graduate studies, California State University, Los Angeles
2002                     Certificate of Special Recognition in Graduate studies, California State University, Los Angeles
2001                     Alumni Certificate of Honor, California State University, Los Angeles
2000                     Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society
2000                     Phi Sigma Alpha honorary society, University of Akron
1997                     Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society

References
Dr. Robert K. Wayne                                              Dr. Elaine A. Ostrander
Professor                                                        Head, Comparative Genetics Section
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology                   Chief, Cancer Genetics Branch
University of California, Los Angeles                            National Human Genome Research Institute
621 Charles E. Young Dr. So.                                     National Institutes of Health
Los Angeles, CA 90095                                            Building 50, Room 5339
(310) 206-0334                                                   Bethesda, MD 20892-8000
rwayne@ucla.edu                                                  (301) 594-5284
                                                                 eostrand@mail.nih.gov
Dr. Nathan B. Sutter             Dr. Bret Payseur
Assistant Professor              Assistant Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine   Laboratory of Genetics
Cornell University               University of Wisconsin, Madison
VMC C3-179                       425-G Henry Mall
Ithaca, NY 14853                 Madison, WI 53706
(607) 253-3817                   (608) 890-0867
nb39@cornell.edu                 payseur@wisc.edu

				
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