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 Dr. Meredith C. Schuman

   
   Department of Molecular Ecology
 Phone:+49 (0)3641 57 1116Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
 Fax:+49 (0)3641 57 1102Hans-Knöll-Straße 8
  emailD-07745 Jena

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Meredith C. Schuman

Magdelstieg 19, 07745 Jena, Germany
Office: +49 (0)3641 57 11 16
Mobile: +49 (0)157 591 612 61
mschuman@ice.mpg.de, meredith.schuman@gmail.com


Personal


Born 28th October, 1982 in Minneapolis, MN, USA
Citizenship: USA
Language skills: English (native speaker), German (fluent), French (literate)


Research and Education


2015-present: Ecological Platform Leader


Leader of the Ecological Platform of the Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology. The department comprises the Ecological, Analytical, and Molecular Platforms, each overseen by a postdoctoral scientist. Position entails supervision of scientific projects, participation in the departmental management team, and supervision and development and maintenance of scientific infrastructure (field stations, laboratory and glasshouse facilities and associated resources, see http://ice.mpg.de/ext/index.php?id=506).
Department Director: Prof. Dr. Ian T. Baldwin

2012-present: Project Group Leader


Leader of the iDiv Biodiversity Independent Project Group of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)-funded German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), also affiliated with the European Research Council Clockwork Green project, and the DFG-funded Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) ChemBioSys, and based at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Department of Molecular Ecology
Principle Investigator: Prof. Dr. Ian T. Baldwin

2007-2012: Doctoral Research


Dr. rer. nat, magna cum laude from Friedrich Schiller University, Jena; dissertation was completed within the International Max Planck Research School for the Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Department of Molecular Ecology
Dissertation: “The response of Nicotiana attenuata plants to herbivory: polymorphism and functions in nature”
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ian T. Baldwin (main) and Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon

2005-2007: Postbaccalaureate research fellowships


Fulbright fellowship (09/2005-07/2006) and Max Planck Society fellowship (07/2006-02/2007) for research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Department of Molecular Ecology with concurrent enrollment at Friedrich Schiller University
Topic: “Silencing jasmonate signalling and jasmonate-mediated defenses reveals different survival strategies between two Nicotiana attenuata accessions” (results published in Molecular Ecology)
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ian T. Baldwin

2005: Research Assistant


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Microbial Ecology group, Department of Soil Science
Duties: Laboratory maintenance, assistance with enzyme time-course assays, molecular analysis (PCR, gel separation and sequencing of products), scientific reports
Principle Investigator: Prof. Dr. Teri Balser

2001-2005: Bachelors Degree


B.Sc. with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Senior Honors Thesis
Microbial Ecology group, Department of Soil Science
Topic: “Detection and characterization of ammonia oxidizing bacteria in acidic Hawaiian soils”
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Teri Balser

Independent Study
Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs
Topic: “Application of molecular techniques to research on ammonia oxidizing bacteria: effects on the changing directions, approaches, goals and applications of nitrifier research”
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Clark Miller

2003-2004: Study Abroad


Study Abroad exchange program at the University of Warwick completed during the third year of Bachelors of Science studies

2003: Independent Research


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Biology
Topic: “History and development of molecular biology and the pursuit and issuing of patents in biotechnology”
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Philip Regal


Teaching and supervision


2014


Designed curriculum for, and co-taught (main instructor, one co-instructor) introductory course to the analysis of volatiles for Ph.D. students in the International Max Planck Research School for the Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques (IMPRS).

Designed curriculum for, and co-taught (main instructor, one co-instructor) introductory course to the analysis of volatiles for Ph.D. students in the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC).

2013


Co-designed curriculum and co-taught (three instructors) introductory course to genome annotation for students in the Molecular Ecology department, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.

Co-designed curriculum and co-taught (four instructors) introductory course to molecular biology for Ph.D. students in chemistry and ecology in the IMPRS.

With Prof. Baldwin, supported three Fulbright applications of which two were successful.

2012


Co-designed curriculum and co-taught (seven instructors) course in analytical techniques for members of the Molecular Ecology department.

2011


Co-designed curriculum and co-taught (seven instructors) course in analytical techniques for Ph.D. students in the IMPRS.

2010-present


Co-supervision resulting in corresponding authorship or other co-authorship on publications (published, submitted and currently in preparation) of Postdoctoral researchers (3), Ph.D. students (4), Master’s students (2), one- to two-year post-Bachelor’s interns (3), and three- to six-month Bachelors interns (9) at the MPICE and FSU-Jena. Co-evaluated (graded) resulting theses.

2007-2012


Supervised three different Seminarfacharbeite (high school senior research projects): planned and guided experiments and data analysis, taught theory behind experiments, and co-evaluated (graded) the resulting research reports.

Selected Honors, Awards and Grants Received


2014 Project group leader on, and co-author of project C02: Are Plant Defenses Chemicals Commonly Sequestered and Metabolized by their Herbivores to Function as Infochemicals in Higher Trophic Level Interactions in Nature?, SFB 1127 ChemBioSys, start 01.10.2014
2013 Max Planck Society Otto Hahn Medal for excellence in dissertation research
2005-2006 Fulbright grant for research and study; University award for Bachelors thesis
2001-2005 University of Wisconsin-Madison Dean's List; Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar
2004-2005 University of Wisconsin-Madison Trewartha Undergraduate Research Grant
2001-2002 Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction; National Merit Scholar
2000 Bausch & Lomb Award

Other Academic Activities


2017 Co-Chair of Gordon Research Seminar on Plant-Herbivore Interactions
2016 Co-organizer of workshop on ecological relevance for SFB 1127 ChemBioSys
2015 Obtained iDiv funding for, and co-organized inaugural iDiv Hackathon Event, EvoHack
2015-present Peer reviewer for granting agencies including the French National Research Agency (ANR) and NSF (USA)
2012-present Peer reviewer for scientific journals including Plant Physiology, BMC Plant Biology, Journal of Ecology, Annals of Botany, Plant Signaling and Behavior, PLoS One
last updated on 2016-09-08