Nikki Traylor-Knowles

Nikki Traylor-Knowles

Assistant Professor Department of Marine Biology and Ecology

University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Tel: (305) 421-4394

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I am integrative biologist interested in the evolution of immunity and regeneration. I work with cnidarians (corals, sea anemones) to understand how their innate immune system evolved, and how it reacts to changes in their environment, such as those seen during El NiƱo events, or due to anthropogenic stressors such as pollution. I am also interested in the mechanisms of wound healing, and regeneration, and how these processes are affected by environmental shifts. My laboratory uses techniques in cell biology, genomics, and biochemistry to answer these questions. Lastly, I am interested in applying these techniques to conservation efforts by exploring the development of biomarkers for stress response in coral reefs.

(16) Traylor-Knowles, N., Seneca, F.O., Palumbi, S. R.  (in review) Two Distinct Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Clusters Respond Differently to Heat Stress in Reef Building Corals.

(15) Traylor-Knowles, N., Kane, E.G., Sombatsaphay, V., Finnerty, J.R., Reitzel, A. M. (2015) Sex-specific and developmental gene expression of Dmrt-genes in the starletsea anemone, Nematostella vectensis. EvoDevo.  DOI: 10.1186/s13227-015-0013-7.

(14) Palumbi, S. R., Barshis, D., Traylor-Knowles, N., Bay, R. (2014) Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change. Science. 344(6186): 895-898; doi: 10.1126/science.1251336

(13) Traylor-Knowles, N., Palumbi, S.R. (2014) Translational environmental biology: using cell biology to inform conservation. Trends in Cell Biology. 24(5): 265-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tcb.2014.03.001.

(12) DuBuc, T.Q., Traylor-Knowles, N., Martindale, M.Q. (2014) Initiating a regenerative response, cellular and molecular features of wound healing in the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis. BMC Biology. 12:24 doi:10.1186/1741-7007-12-24.

(11) Barshis, D.J., Ladner, J.T., Oliver, T.A., Seneca, F.O., Traylor-Knowles, N., Palumbi, S.R. (2013) A genomic basis for coral resilience to climate change. PNAS. 110(4): 1139-1140; doi:10.1073/iti0413110.  [Cover Article]

(10) Palmer, C.V. and Traylor-Knowles, N. (2012) Towards an integrated network of coral immune mechanisms. Proc R Soc B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1477.

(9) Traylor-Knowles, N., Granger, B., Lubinski, T., Parikh, J.R., Garamszegi, S., Xia, Y., Marto, J, Kaufman, L., Finnerty, J.R. (2011) Production of a reference transcriptome and transcriptomic database (PocilloporaBase) for the cauliflower coral, Pocillopora damicornis. BMC Genomics. 12(1): 585. PMID: 22126435. [HIGHLY ACCESSED]

(8) Palmer, C.V., Traylor-Knowles, N., Willis, B.L., and Bythell, J.C. (2011) Corals use similar immune cells and wound-healing processes as those of higher organisms. PLoS One, 6(8): e23992.

(7) Marquez, E.C., Traylor-Knowles, N., Novillo-Villajos, A., Callard, I.P. (2011) Cloning of the estrogen receptor alpha and aromatase cDNAs and gene expression in turtles (Chrysemys picta and Pseudemys scripta) exposed to different environments. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part C. 154: 213-225. doi:10.1016/j.cbpc.2011.05.008

(6) Marquez, E.C., Traylor-Knowles, N., Novillo-Villajos, A., and Callard, I.P. (2011)
Novel cDNA sequences of aryl hydrocarbon receptors in turtles (Chrysemys picta and Pseudemys scripta) and changes in gene expression in turtles exposed to different environments, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part C. 154(4): 305-17.

(5) Wolenski, F.S., Garbati, M.R., Lubinski, T, Traylor-Knowles, N., Dresselhaus, E., Stefanik, D., Goucher,H., Finnerty, J.R., Gilmore, T.D. (2010) Characterization of the core elements of the NF-kB signaling pathway in the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis. Molecular and Cellular Biology. doi:10.1128/MCB.00927-10.

(4) Traylor-Knowles, N., Hansen, U., Dubuc, T.Q., Martindale, M. Q., Kaufman, L., Finnerty, J.R. (2010) The evolutionary diversification of LSF and Grainyhead transcription factors preceded the radiation of basal animal lineages. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10:101. [HIGHLY ACCESSED]

(3) Sullivan, J.C., Wolenski, F.S., Reitzel, A.M., French, C.E., Traylor-Knowles, N., Gilmore, T.D., and Finnerty, J.R. (2009) Two alleles encoding transcription factor NF-kB in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis are widely distributed in natural populations and encode proteins with distinct DNA-binding and transactivation activities. PLoS One, 4:10, e7311.

(2) Reitzel A.M., Sullivan, J.C., Traylor-Knowles, N., Finnerty, J.R. (2008) Genomic survey of stress-response genes in the estuarine anemone Nematostella vectensis. The Biological Bulletin. 214: 233-54.

(1) Domart-Coulon, I. J., Traylor-Knowles, N., Peters, E.; Elbert, D., Downs, C.A., Price, K., Stubbs, J., McLaughlin, S., Cox, E., Aeby, G., Brown, P. R., and Ostrander, G. K. (2006)

  • Connelly, Michael
  • Shvab, Anna
  • Synder , Grace

Master's student

  • Young, Ben

Invertebrate Zoology, MSC320
Invertebrate Zoology laboratory, MSC321

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