Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2011           Ph.D., Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (BEES),
               University of Maryland. Advisor: Karen L. Carleton.    
2006           B.S., cum laude, Biological Sciences,
               Louisiana State University. Advisor: Robb T. Brumfield.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2013 - Pres    Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Bonaventure University
2011 - 2013    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maryland
               Advisor: William R. Jeffery

COURSES TAUGHT

2013           Principles of Genetics, SBU
2013           Guest Lecturer, Developmental Biology, UMD
2011           Guest Lecturer, Sensory Genomics, UMD
2009-2013      Research Mentor, Undergraduate Research, UMD
2009           Teaching Assistant, Principles of Genetics, UMD
2006-2008      Teaching Assistant, Principles of Biology II, UMD

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Yoshizawa M, O’Quin KE, Jeffery WR (2013) Evolution of an adaptive behavior and its sensory receptors can promote eye regression in blind cavefish. A Reply to Borowsky (2013). BMC Biology. In press.
  2. Yoshizawa M, O’Quin KE, Jeffery WR (2013) QTL clustering as a mechanism for rapid multi-trait evolution. Communicative and Integrative Biology 6:e24548.
  3. O’Quin KE, Yoshizawa M, Doshi P, Jeffery WR (2013) Quantitative genetic analysis of retinal degeneration in the blind cavefish Astyanax mexicanus. PLoS ONE 8:e57281.
  4. Yoshizawa M, Yamamoto Y, O’Quin KE, Jeffery WR (2012) Evolution of an adaptive behavior and its sensory receptors promotes eye regression in blind cavefish. BMC Biology 10:108.
  5. O’Quin KE, Schulte J, Patel Z, Kahn N, Naseer Z, Wang H, Hofmann CM, Ser J, Conte M, Carleton KL (2012) Evolution of cichlid vision via trans-regulatory divergence. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:251.
  6. O’Quin KE, Smith AR, Sharma A, Carleton KL (2011) New evidence for the role of heterochrony in the repeated evolution of cichlid opsin expression. Evolution & Development 13:192-203.
  7. O’Quin KE, Smith D, Naseer Z, Schulte J, Engle SD, Loh Y-HE, Streelman JT, Boore JL, Carleton KL (2011) Divergence in cis-regulatory sequences surrounding the opsin gene arrays of African cichlid fishes. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:120. 
  8. Hofmann CM, O’Quin KE, Marshall NJ, Carleton KL (2010) The relationship between lens transmittance and opsin gene expression in cichlids from Lake Malawi. Vision Research 50: 357-363.
  9. Derryberry E, Claramunt S, O’Quin KE, Aleixo A, Chesser RT, Remsen Jr. JV, Brumfield RT (2010) Pseud-asthenes, a new genus of ovenbird (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae). Zootaxa 2416:61-68.
  10. Hofmann CM, O’Quin KE, Smith AR, Carleton KL (2010) Plasticity of opsin gene expression in cichlids from Lake Malawi. Molecular Ecology 19:2064-2074.
  11. O’Quin KE, Hofmann CM, Hofmann HA, Carleton KL (2010) Parallel evolution of opsin gene expression in African cichlid fishes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27:2839-2854.
  12. Hofmann CM*, O’Quin KE*, Marshall NJ, Cronin TW, Seehausen O, Carleton KL (2009) The eyes have it: regulatory and structural changes both underlie cichlid visual pigment diversity. PLoS Biology 7:e1000266 F1000.
* These authors contributed equally to this work
Underlined: Undergraduate or highschool researchers
F1000: This article recommended by the Faculty of 1000

AWARDS & FUNDING

2012    Distinguished Dissertation Award, UMD                         $  1,000
2011    Graduate Student Research Award, UMD                          $    250
2011    Second Place, Best Poster, Organismal Biology Day, UMD              NA
2010    Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, UMD                     $ 10,800
2010    Hockmeyer Doctoral Fellowship, UMD                            $  5,000
2009    Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award, UMD                          $    700
2008    Grant In Aid of Research, The American Cichlid Association    $  1,479
2008    Grant In Aid of Research, Sigma Xi                            $  1,479
2008    Grant In Aid of Research, Cosmos Club Foundation              $  1,500
2006    Darwin Fellowship, UMD                                        $  2,500

PRESENTATIONS (first author only)

  1. Vertebrate eye development and the use of blind cavefish as evolutionary models of human eye disease. Invited Talk, 2013, Department of Biology, Southern Arkansas University.
  2. Quantitative genetic analysis of retinal degeneration in the blind cavefish Astyanax mexicanusTalk, 2013, Astyanax International Meeting, Cuidad Valles, Mexico.
  3. Evolutionary models of human eye disease. Talk, 2012, Fundamental Issues in Vision Research Course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
  4. Adaptive evolution of cichlid vision via trans-regulatory divergence. Poster, 2012, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Dublin, Ireland.
  5. Quantitative genetic analysis of candidate genes controlling opsin gene expression in African cichlid fishes. Poster, 2011, Organismal Biology Day, University of Maryland.
  6. African cichlids as a model system for understanding the roles of structural and regulatory changes in phenotypic evolution. Talk, 2010, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Lyon, France.
  7. Real-time quantitative PCR used to measure opsin gene expression. Talk, 2009, Howard Hughes Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
  8. Convergent evolution of opsin gene expression across multiple African cichlid radiations. Poster, 2009, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Cedar Rapids, IA.
  9. Rapid visual system evolution in the cichlid species flock of Lake Malawi. Talk, 2009, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston, MA.
  10. Exceptional visual system diversity among Lake Malawi’s cichlid fishes. Poster, 2008, Ecology and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes, Boston, MA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE & EXPERIENCE

2013    Journal Reviewer, PLoS ONE
2013    Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, UMD
2012    Fundamental Issues in Vision Research, Marine Biological Laboratory
2012    Cross-Generational Conversations, American Institute Biol. Sci.
2011    Committee Member, Undergraduate Honors Thesis Program, Biology, UMD
2011    Reviewer, BSCI338: Special Topics in Biology: Genetics of Cichlids, UMD
2011    Student Representative, BEES Graduate Student Organization, UMD
2009    Student President, BEES Graduate Student Organization, UMD
2004    Exchange Student, Summer agricultural work abroad, Lotte, Germany