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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


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


Supervising several postdoctoral researchers, Ph.D. students, Master’s students, and one- to two-year post-bachelor’s internships at the MPICE and FSU-Jena with resulting contributions to publications which are published, submitted, or in preparation.

Supervised eight three- to six-month internships of Bachelors students from Brigham Young University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Florida, with resulting contributions to publications in preparation.

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
last updated on 2016-02-03