Curriculum Vitae

Yulia Yarkhunova Ph.D. in Ecology

Department of Botany and Program in Ecology
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071
Email: yyarkhun@uwyo.edu
Web: yarkhunova.com
Tel: on request

EDUCATION

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA 2011 – 2017

  • Ph. D. in Ecology Department of Botany and Program in Ecology, Advisor: Cynthia Weinig

Samara State Nayanova University College, Samara, Russia 2007 – 2009

  • M.S. in Biology, Advisor: Olga Makurina

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

University of Wyoming, Botany Department, 2011-2017

  • Ph.D. Student. PhD Dissertation “Phenotypic diversification of crops involves the evolution of complex circadian, morphological and physiological associations”. Advisor Cynthia Weinig

University of Wyoming, Lab rotaions in MCLS Program, 2010-2011

  • Naomi Ward’s Lab – Research Project “Rapid virulence annotation of V. spinosum genome in C. Elegans”
  • Cynthia Weinig’s Lab – Research Project “Variation among crops in B. rapa in the expression of ecophysiological traits”
  • Anne Sylvester’ Lab – Research Project “Generation and analysis of the florescent tagged Rab escort protein-1 in Z. Mays”

Samara State Univesity, Laboratory of Protein Biochmistry, 2007-2009

  • M.S. Student, Laboratory of Protein Biochemistry, Samara State University. MS Thesis “Heavy metals absorption by aquatic plants. Effect of heavy metals on quantitative and qualitave protein content in Potamogeton Perfoliatus”

SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

  • Plant ecophysiology skills and expertise:
    • Skills: LI-COR 6400 XT Portable Photosynthesis System; light and confocal microscopy, recording bioluminescence, chlorophyll fluorescence measurements;
    • Expertise: Physiological characterization of plant genotypes and phenotypes, Characterization of circadian clock
  • Molecular and cell biology skills and expertise:
    • Skills: Western Blotting, DNA/RNA isolation, Gel Electrophoresis, RT-PCR, microsatellite genotyping, statistical analysis of data;
    • Expertise: Characterization of the genotypes using genetic markers, Generation and analysis of GFP-tagged proteins
  • Computer knowledge: MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Photoshop, SAS, R, Linux, Minitab, ImageJ

PUBLICATIONS

  • Yarkhunova Y, Edwards CE, Ewers BE, Baker RL, Aston TL, McClung CR, Lou P and Weinig C. (2016), Selection during crop diversification involves correlated evolution of the circadian clock and ecophysiologicaltraits in Brassica rapa. New Phytol. doi:10.1111/nph.13758
  • Baker RL, Yarkhunova Y, Vidal K, Ewers BE, and Weinig C. (2016) Polyploidy and the relationship between leaf structure and function: Implications for the evolution of correlations between anatomy, morphology, and physiology in Brassica. BMC Plant Biology doi:10.1186/s12870-016-0957-3

IN REVIEW

  • Yarkhunova Y, Guadagno CR, Rubin MJ, SJ Davis Ewers BE, Weinig C. Circadian rhythms are associated with variation in photosystem II function and photoprotective mechanisms in A. thaliana RILs under various light conditions. Plant, Cell Environment.
  • Salmela MJ, Yarkhunova Y, Guadagno CR, Ewers BE, Greenham K, Lou P, C. McClung CR and Weinig C. Variable associations between the circadian clock, gas exchange, phenology, and biomass in the field versus growth chamber environments in segregating progeny of Brassica rapa. PeerJ

IN PREPARATION FOR PUBLICATION

  • Yarkhunova Y, Salmela MJ, Ewers BE, Lou P, McClung CR and Weinig C. Circadian clock effects on diurnal changes in gas-exchange traits in Brassica rapa crop types.

MEETINGS AND CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

  • Yarkhunova Y, Salmela MJ, Ewers BE, Lou P, McClung CR and Weinig C. Circadian clock effects on diurnal changes in gas-exchange traits in Brassica rapa crop types. Oral presentation. Evolution conference, Portland, OR 2017.
  • Yarkhunova Y, Guadagno CR, Rubin MJ, Ewers BE, Weinig C. Variation in chlorophyll fluorescence and circadian rhythms in A. thaliana under light stress. Poster. Evolution conference, Austin, TX 2016.
  • Yarkhunova Y, Guadagno CR, Rubin MJ, Ewers BE, Weinig C. Variation in chlorophyll fluorescence and circadian rhythms in A. thaliana under light stress. Poster. Program in Ecology Symposium, Laramie, WY 2016.
  • Baker RL, Yarkhunova Y, Ewers BE and Weinig C. “Genome wide associations between anatomy, crop-specific resource allocation strategies, and water use efficiency. Oral Presentation. National Science Foundation, Alington, VA 2015.
  • Baker RL, Yarkhunova Y, Ewers BE and Weinig C.. “Genome wide associations between anatomy and water use efficiency. Poster. National Science Foundation, Alington, VA 2015.
  • Baker RL, Yarkhunova Y, Ewers BE and Weinig C.. “Polyploidy: Consequences for leaf structure and function in Brassica triangle species.” Presentation. Botanical Society of America, Edmonton, Canada. 2015.
  • Yarkhunova Y, Edwards CE, Ewers BE, Baker RL, Weinig C. Selection during crop diversification involves correlated evolution of the circadian clock and ecophysiological traits in Brassica rapa. Presentation. Evolution Conference, Brazil, Guaruja 2015.
  • Yarkhunova Y, Edwards CE P, Ewers BE, Baker RL, Weinig C. Selection during domestication affects the circadian clock and expression of ecophysiological traits in Brassica rapa. Poster. Evolution Conference, Raleigh N.C. 2014
  • Yarkhunova Y, Edwards CE, Ewers BE, Baker RL, Weinig C. Selection during domestication affects the circadian clock and expression of ecophysiological traits in Brassica rapa. Poster. Program in Ecology Symposium, Laramie, WY 2014
  • Baker, R. L., Yarkhunova Y, and C. Weinig. “Genome wide associations between anatomy and water use efficiency” Poster. National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. 2014
  • Aston, T. L., Ewers, B. E., Yarkhunova Y, Guadagno, C. R., & Weinig, C. Impact of genotypic variation in aquaporin function on plant performance under drought. 97th ESA Annual Meeting. Austin, TX 2012
  • Guadagno, C. R., Ewers, B. E., Lehmann, T., Weinig, C., Topchiy, E., Aston, T. L., & Yarkhunova, Y. Herbaceous plants struggling with drought: metabolic characterization of genotypic variance via NMR. 97th ESA Annual Meeting. Austin, TX 2012

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2009 Best Diploma Thesis, Russian Ministry of Sciences
  • 2013 Graduate Assistantship, Botany Department, University of Wyoming
  • 2014 C.L. Porter Summer Fellowship in Botany, University of Wyoming
  • 2015 NSF EPSCoR Travel Award, University of Wyoming
  • 2015 Wilhelm & Ragnhild Solheim Scholarship in Botany, University of Wyoming
  • 2015 Graduate Assistantship, Program in Ecology, University of Wyoming
  • 2016 Best poster award nomination, first runner-up. Student PiE Symposium
  • 2016 NSF WWISE Travel Grant, University of Wyoming
  • 2016 Program in Ecology Travel Award, University of Wyoming
  • 2016 Graduate Assistantship, Botany department, University of Wyoming
  • 2017 Program in Ecology Travel Award, University of Wyoming
  • 2017 Graduate Student Teaching Award in Life Science program, University of Wyoming

TEACHING AND MENTORING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant:

  • 2012 LIFE3050 Genetics (3 credits), Fall 2012, University of Wyoming, 2012
  • 2013 LIFE3050 Genetics (3 credits), Fall 2013, University of Wyoming, 2013
  • 2014 LIFE3050 Genetics (3 credits), Fall 2014, University of Wyoming, 2014
  • 2015 LIFE3050 Genetics (3 credits), Fall 2015, University of Wyoming, 2015
  • 2016 LIFE3050 Genetics (3 credits), Fall 2016, University of Wyoming, 2016
  • 2017 LIFE3050 Genetics (3 credits), Spring 2016, University of Wyoming, 2017

STUDENT’S SUPERVISION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

  • Daniel Latimer, fall 2014. Genotyping of Brassica rapa population.
  • Olivia Patrick, summer 2013. Brassica rapa summer field experiments and tissue collections.

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS

  • Plant genetics, ecophysiology, quantitative genetics, crop physiology, circadian clock

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Society of Naturalists
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Program in Ecology Symposium Committee 2015
  • Program in Ecology Symposium Committee 2016

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Languages: Russian, English, German, Spanish
  • Extracurrilar activities: hiking, climbing, oil pinting, landscape photography

REFERENCES

  • References are available on request.