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					                                  RYAN KERNEY, PH.D.
                          Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Brian Hall
                             Biology Department, Dalhousie University
                               Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4J1 Canada
                                       ryankerney@gmail.com
EDUCATION
     Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS Postdoctoral Researcher                   2007–Present
     Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Ph.D. in Biology                                 2007
     Hampshire College, Amherst, MA    B.A. in Biology                                  1998

AWARDS
"Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Presentation Award”                                    April 2010
       American Association of Anatomists, Anaheim, CA

"Presley/Zeiss Best Presentation Award for a Postdoctoral Researcher”              April 2008
       Best presentation award for use of light or electron microscopy
       in research. American Association of Anatomists, San Diego, CA

"Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching”                         Fall 2001–
       Five-time recipient (see „Teaching‟ section below).                          Fall 2005
       Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

“Academic Excellence Scholarship”                                                  1995–1998
      Tuition scholarship, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

“Centennial Scholarship Award”                                                     1990–1994
      Tuition scholarship, George School, Newtown, PA

FUNDING
American Association of Anatomists Postdoctoral Fellowship                              2010

Robert G. Goelet Research Grant, Museum of Comparative Zoology                      May 2007
       for analyses of transgenic Xenopus laevis

Traveling Fellowship, Company of Biologists                                         May 2006
       for research in the Kuratani Lab, Kobe, Japan

Grant in Aid of Research, Sigma Xi                                               January 2005
       for antisense morpholino experiments

Robert G. Goelet Research Grant, Museum of Comparative Zoology                 September 2003
       for Eleutherodactylus coqui collection in Puerto Rico

Putnam Expeditionary Grant, Museum of Comparative Zoology                           May 2003
      for Philautus silus collection in Sri Lanka

Genetics Training Grant, National Institute of Health                         September 2002–
       for doctoral research and graduate school funding                            June 2003
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PUBLICATIONS
Kerney R*, Gross J, Hanken J. (2010) “Developmental patterning of the head in Eleutherodactylus
      coqui (Anura: Leptodactylidae) revealed through gene expression.” Evolution and
      Development 12: 373–382.

Kerney R*, Wassersug RJ, Hall BK. (2010) Skeletal advance and arrest in giant non-metamorphosing
      Xenopus laevis. Journal of Anatomy 216: 132–143.

Kerney R*, Hall BK, Hanken J. (2010) Regulatory elements of Xenopus col2a1 drive cartilaginous
      gene expression in transgenic frogs. International Journal of Developmental Biology 54: 141–
      150.

Kerney R*, Hanken J. (2008) Gene expression reveals unique skeletal patterning in the limb of the
      direct-developing frog Eleutherodactylus coqui. Evolution and Development 10: 439–448.

Kerney R*, Gross J, Hanken J. (2007) Runx2 is essential for larval hyobranchial cartilage formation in
      Xenopus laevis. Developmental Dynamics 236: 1650–1662.

Kerney R*, Meegaskumbura M, Manamendra-Arachchi K, Hanken J. (2007) Cranial ontogeny in
      Philautus silus (Anura: Ranidae: Rhacophorinae) reveals similarities between direct-developing
      frog lineages. Journal of Morphology 268: 715–725.

PUBLICATIONS IN PREPARATION
Kerney R*, Kim E, Heiss A, Bishop C, Hangarter R, Hall BK. “Intracellular symbiosis of a green
      algae (Oophila amblystomatis) in spotted salamander embryos (Ambystoma maculatum).” In
      Review.

Kerney R*, Blackburn D, Müller H, Hanken J. “Do larval traits re-evolve? Evidence from the
      embryogenesis of a direct-developing salamander (Plethodon cinereus).” In Review.

Kerney R*, Blackburn D “Embryonic staging table for a direct-developing salamander (Plethodon
      cinereus).” In preparation.

Gross, J, Kerney R, Elinson RP, Hanken J, Tabin CJ “Molecular anatomy of the developing limb in
       the coqui frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui.” In preparation.
* Corresponding author

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS
Kerney R. (2010) “Embryology of the Eastern red backed salamander Plethodon cinereus” Integrative
      and Comparative Biology. 50: e89.

Kerney R. (2007) “Generation of a Xenopus col2a1 reporter for cartilage-specific transgene
      expression.” Integrative and Comparative Biology. 47: e62.

Kerney R. (2006) “Detecting the early skeletal anlagen of the direct-developing frog
      Eleutherodactylus coqui through gene expression.” Integrative and Comparative Biology. 46:
      e74.

Kerney R. (2005) “An unexpected role for the skeletal regulator Runx2 in anuran development.”
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       Integrative and Comparative Biology. 45: 1024.



ORAL PRESENTATIONS
*Anatomy and Neurobiology Departmental Seminar, Dalhousie University                  October 2010

*International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology     October 2010
       “Integrating Complexity: Environment and History,” London, ON

*International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este, Uruguay                July 2010

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Seattle, WA                           January 2010

*Biology Departmental Seminar, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS                       October 2009

*Biology Departmental Seminar, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS                    September 2009

*Gordon Research Conference, “Cartilage Biology and Pathology”                          June 2009
      Les Diablerets, Switzerland

*Evo-Devo Joint Seminar Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA                   November 2008

*Departmental Seminar, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS                    October 2008

*European Society of Evolutionary Developmental Biology                                  July 2008
      Presented with Brian Hall in “Stem Cells, Regeneration and Cancer Symposium”
      Ghent, Belgium

*Canadian Society of Zoologists, Halifax, NS                                            May 2008

Experimental Biology 2008, American Association of Anatomists                           April 2008
      San Diego, CA

*Departmental Seminar, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS                  January 2008

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Antonio, TX                       January 2008

*Raymond Coppinger Retirement Symposium, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA                March 2006

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Orlando, FL                           January 2006

Division of Vertebrate Morphology (SICB), Cambridge, MA                               October 2005


* Invited speaker



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POSTER PRESENTATIONS
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists                                   July 2010
      Providence, RI. Presented with Z. Lewis and J. Hanken

Experimental Biology 2010, American Association of Anatomists; Anaheim, CA             April 2010

5th Conference on the Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders                               July 2007
       San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
       Presented with D. Blackburn, A. Sterne, and J. Hanken

Integrating Evolution, Development and Genomics; University of California, Berkeley, CA June 2006

Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Change III; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL   October 2003

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists                                   July 2003
      Manaus, Brazil. Presented with J. Hanken


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Visiting Professor “Human Developmental Genetics” (non-majors)                          Fall 2008
        Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Guest lecturer for “Dalhousie Integrated Science Program”                             March 2008
       Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Visiting Professor “General Biology” Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA                   July 2007

Teaching Fellow for "Human Functional Anatomy"                                          Fall 2006
       Harvard/MIT Joint Health Sciences and Technology M.D. Program, Boston, MA

*Teaching Fellow for "Patterns and Processes in Fish Diversity"                       Spring 2004
      Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

**Teaching Fellow for "Dinosaurs and their Relatives"                                 Spring 2003
      Harvard University Core Program, Cambridge, MA                                     and 2005

Teaching Fellow for "Genetics and Genomics"                                           Spring 2002
       Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

**Teaching Fellow for "Organismic and Evolutionary Biology"                             Fall 2001
      Harvard University, Cambridge, MA                                                 and 2005

Teaching Assistant for "Gene Cloning" Hampshire College, Amherst, MA                 January 1998

Teaching Assistant for "Limnology" Hampshire College, Amherst, MA                       Fall 1998

* Received Harvard University‟s "Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching"
** Derek Bok award for both years course was taught

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MENTORING AND TRAINING
Dalhousie Undergraduate Honours, research supervision, Samantha Richards              Fall 2010–
      alkaline phosphatase staining of bone precursors in tadpoles                   Spring 2011

Dalhousie University Integrated Science Program (DISP)                               Spring 2009
      mentored four DISP projects on ploidy effects on cell size

Supervised Hall lab volunteer, Ayla Monic-McKay                                       Fall 2008–
       various projects                                                              Spring 2010

Supervised NSERC Summer Student Research Program, Jenna Grimm                      Summer 2008
      various projects

Supervised NSERC Summer Student Research Program, Karla Grimm                      Summer 2009
      various projects

OUTSIDE WORKSHOPS AND COURSES
“Amphibian Anatomical Ontology Workshops”                                        Fall 2007–2009
      Punta del Este Uruguay (2010), Kansas City, MO (2009),                      Summer 2010
      St. Charles, MO (2008), Austin, TX (2007) (invited participant at each)

"Genomics of Non-model Species," Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study                Fall 2005
      Cambridge, MA (invited participant)

"Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders," Highlands Biological Station                  Spring 2002
       Highlands, NC

"Embryology," Marine Biological Laboratory                                         Summer 2002
      Woods Hole, MA

ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Field assistant for amphibian survey of the Oromia region, Ethiopia                Summer 2006
        Harvard University and the Ethiopian Department of Wildlife

Academic guide for Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peru                           Spring 2004
      Travel Program tour of the Amazon and Ucayali Rivers of Peru

Field botanist for US Forest Service, Blue River, OR                               Summer 2001

Laboratory technician at Zymogenetics, Seattle, WA                                 Summer 2000

Field assistant for Satin Bowerbird Behavioral Ecology Project                         Fall 1999
        New South Wales, Australia (University of Maryland)


SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
American Association of Anatomists (AAA), Canadian Society of Zoologists (CSZ), European Society
of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, International Society of Vertebrate Morphology (ISVM),
Society of Integrative Comparative Biology (SICB).
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SERVICE
CONFERENCE SYMPOSIA ORGANIZED
International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology; Punta del Este, Uruguay                 July 2010
        “Life History Effects on Amphibian Development and Morphology”
        (co-organizer: Hendrik Müller)

Canadian Society of Zoologists; Halifax, NS                                             May 2008
      “Skeletal Differentiation Across the Vertebrates”

JOURNAL PEER REVIEWS
ACTA Zoologica, Behavioral Ecology, Cell and Tissue Research, Differentiation, Evolution, Evolution
and Development, Herpetologica, Journal of Morphology, Revista Brasileria de Zoologia.

SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY SERVICE
American Association of Anatomists Membership Committee                                April 2010–
                                                                                            present

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
Biology Departmental Seminar Series Co-chair                                           Fall 2009–
       Dalhousie University                                                           Spring 2010

Harvard University Graduate Student Council Representative                              Fall 2003–
      for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology                        Spring 2004


SELECT RESEARCH PRESS
Algal-salamander symbiosis:
Nature News (August 2010) “Salamander‟s Egg Surprise”

Science Today, Beyond the Headlines (August 2010) “Salamanders and Algae,”

The Berkeley Daily Planet (August 2010) “Odd Couples: The Salamander and Algae”

Limb Development:
CanWest News (August 2008) “Possibility of Limb Replacements Gets Leg Up from Amphibian
Research”

Science News (August 2008) “Frogs Build Toes Then Legs”




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