News & Events

June 2020

  • On June 10th the Kramer Lab was proud to participate in the Shut Down STEM and Shut Down Academia initiative which seeks to shed light on systemic racism in science and technology fields.  As part of the day-long work stoppage, we met virtually to discuss the issue of racial descrimination and to discuss actionable ways to increase diversity and inclusivity as a lab and as members of the greater Harvard community.  Among the topics discussed were the need for diversification of mentors for faculty, students and staff, ways to make our lab and department a welcoming and supportive place for people of color and the need for greater STEM recruitment in diverse communities.  Our lab is committed to equality for all and we will continue to seek positive change in the months and years ahead.  For more information on this topic or to find ways to get involved, please go to:


  • The Kramer Lab is excited to welcome Evolution, Ecology, and Environment REU summer intern, Andrea Appleton, who comes to us from Georgia Southern University.  During her time with us, she'll be  investigating the genetic determinants of inflorescence height in columbines.  Welcome to the lab, Andrea!

May 2020

  • Huge congratulations to undergraduate student, Mary Katherine DeWayne, who earned her bachelor's degree!  Eveyone in the lab is so proud of her and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

March 2020

  • The Kramer Lab has expanded!  We're excited to introduce and welcome Charlie to our lab family!

Charlie Kramer

  • Congratulations to Kramer lab undergraduate student, Mary Katherine, who has submitted her senior thesis and will be graduating in June.  Congratulations, Mary Katherine!  We wish you all the best in your future studies!

January 2020

  • Kramer graduate student, Minya, was named a Rising Star in Organismal Botany from the 2020 Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.  Congratulations, Minya!

June 2019

  • Congratulations to Abby Burrus who was awarded a certificate of distinction in teaching for her role as Teaching Assistant for the OEB 52 -Biology of Plants.  Way to go, Abby! 

MAY 2019

OEB G4 symposium logo

  • Molly Edwards and Min Ya will each be giving a talk during the Annual OEB G4 Symposium, to be held on Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2019.  Molly's talk, being held on May 2nd is entitled, "Bringing petals to the third dimension."  Min Ya will be speaking on May 3rd and the title of her talk is, "Termination of floral meristem -- what happens when stem cells are no longer needed?"  Congrats to Min Ya for designing and illustrating the symposium program.  It looks great!


APRIL 2019

  • Kramer Lab grad student, Molly Edwards, will be performing with the Lorelei ensemble as part of the Rising Voices Harvard University Trebel Choral Festival which is being held April 5-6, 2019.  Molly will be performing at the Sanders Theatre on Saturday, April 6th at 8pm so go check it out!  For more information or to buy tickets, please click here.


MARCH 2019

  • The Kramer Lab is pleased to welcome Premananda Karidas who will be working with us for the next 18 months.  Prem comes to us from the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, India and we are very happy to have him join us!


  • Congratulations to Kramer Lab undergrad, Mary Katherine DeWane who has been named a recipient of the prestigious Herchel Smith Undergraduate Research Award.  Great work, Mary Katherine!


  • Kramer Lab post doc, Stephanie Conway, is giving a talk as part of the HUH Seminar Series on Tuesday, March 12th.  The title of her talk is LEAFY function in the model fern Ceratopteris richardii - Reconstructing the ancestral role of a flowering meristem identify gene."  We invite all to attend what is sure to be a great talk!

Conway HUH Seminar Flyer

  • The Kramer Lab is happy to host Betsy Arnold from The University of Arizona who is giving the OEB Departmental Seminar on Thursday, February 28th.  The title of her talk is “Mosaics, Megabases, and Matryoshki: A Leaf-to-Landscape Perspective on the Symbiotic Renaissance.”


  • Kramer Lab members celebrated the new year with pizza, bowling and lots of fun at Sacco's in Somerville.  Grad student, Minya, was the big winner and showed off her amazing bowling skills!  Click here for more pictures from the outing.

Minya bowling


  • The Kramer Lab wishes happy holidays and happy new year to all the family and friends of the lab. 

 Happy new year!  


  • The Kramer lab sends its heartfelt congratulations to our former associate, Rui Zhang, and his wife, Xiaoshan, on the birth of their daughter.   Baby Eve was born on the morning of November 10th and she couldn't be any cuter! 


Eve Zhang  Eve Zhang


  • Congratulations to Min Ya who was awarded the Spring 2018 Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for her work with the OEB 52 course.  We're proud of you, Min Ya!
  • The Kramer lab is excited to welcome our new graduate student, Grace Pisano! Grace comes to us from UMass Amherst where she was a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Madelaine Bartlett and worked on floral mutants in maize.


  • Congratulations to Min Ya who was awarded the Katherine Esau award for the best presentation in Developmental and Structural Botany at the Botany 2018 conference, and the 2nd Place for Triarch "Botanical Images" Student Travel Award from Botanical Society of America.  Way to go, Min Ya!

MAY 2018

  • We are thrilled to welcome Uriah Sanders and Summer Blanco, both from California State Polytechnic, Pomona, who will be working in the lab over the summer as part of the MCO SROH program (link
  • Claire Meaders and Cheng-Chiang Wu graduated!
  • Min Ya was elected as the Student Representative of the Botanical Society of America.

APRIL 2018

  • Min Ya's microscopic arts of Aquilegia is on exhibition for the Harvard Integrated Life Science Gallery in the building of the Center for Government and International Studies from April to August 2018.

microscopic arts of Aquilegia


MARCH 2018

  • Congratulations to Kramer Lab graduate student, Min Ya, who was recently awarded the Emerging Models Grant) from the Society of Developmental Biology for developing Aquilegia as a model system to investigate regulations of floral meristem proliferation and termination.  Great work, Min Ya!



  • Graduate student, Molly Edwards, host of the popular You Tube series called Science IRL visited Harvard's Arnold Arboretum to speak with Arboretum Director, Ned Friedman and OEB graduate student, Kristel Schoonderwoerd (Friedman Lab) to find out what science stories trees can tell. Click here to watch the episode!

JUNE 2017

  • The Kramer Lab would like to recognize staff member, Erin Ciccone, for having donated more than three gallons of platelets to date for the pediatric patients at Boston Children's Hospital.  There is always a critical need for platelets so anyone interested in donating should contact the Children's Hospital Blood Donor Center at 617-355-6677.

Erin Ciccone donates platelets at Children's Hospital  

  • The Kramer Lab is sad to say goodbye to visiting postdoc, Suzanne de Bruijn, who has returned to Potsdam University in Germany.  Best wishes to you, Suzanne!
  • Congratulations to graduating senior, Emily Donaldson.  We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

MAY 2017

  • The Kramer Lab would also like to congratulate our graduate student, Min Ya, for winning the J. S. Karling Graduate Student Research Award and for being awarded 1st Place for the Triarch "Botanical Images" Student Travel Award by the Botanical Society of America.  Great job, Min Ya!
  • Congratulations to Kramer Lab graduate students, Molly Edwards and Min Ya, for passing their qualifying exams.  Keep up the great work, ladies!

APRIL 2017

  • Watch Elena Kramer discuss her Evo-Devo research with the pre-frosh at Visitas Thinks Big 2017!
  • Kramer lab grad student, Min Ya, has been named the Harvard FAS artist of the month for April 2017.  Click here to read a great article about her.
  • Elena Kramer been named one of the 2016 recipients of the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.  Way to go, Elena!

MARCH 2017

  • The Kramer lab would like to offer congratulations to Harvard undergrad, Emily Donaldson, for successfully completing and submitting her undergraduate thesis.  We wish all the best for her as she continues her studies!
  • Congratulations also to Kramer lab grad student, Molly Edwards, for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP).  Great work, Molly!


  • The lab would like to congratulate grad student, Min Ya, who was recently given an award from the Les Mehrhoff Botanical Research Fund, established by the New England Botanical Club for her project entitled "Unveiling the Karyotypes of New England Utricularia Species."  Great work, Minya!


  • Congratulations to Cristy Walcher-Chevillet who has accepted a position as a Preceptor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  We wish her all the best in her new endeavor!


  • Congratulations to Pierre Baudel of the Bomblies Lab who successfully defended his thesis entitled "Patterns of Genome Evolution and Habitat Adaptation in Tetraploid Arabidopsis arenosa."  Way to go, Dr. Baudel!



  • Kramer Lab grad student, Molly Edwards, was featured in the Harvard Gazette for her exciting YouTube series, Science in Real Life.  Click here to read the article.  Keep up the great work, Molly!

JUNE 2016

  • Congratulations to Molly Edwards for winning an ASPB BLOOME award to support her awesome YouTube series Science In Real Life (Science IRL). Check out the latest episode in which she discusses columbine flowers and evo devo!
  • Taking a break from the lab, Kramer Lab members beat the heat and supported a great cause by participating in the 2016 Jimmy Fund Scooper BowlThe Scooper Bowl is a three-day event that dishes out 20 tons of ice cream to more than 40,000 participants.  Proceeds from this event help to fund cancer research and patient care at the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Kramer Lab at Scooper Bowl


  • Congratulations to graduating Harvard seniors, Imani Bunn, Kate Freedberg and Gabriel Amador!  Best wishes on your future endeavors!

MAY 2016

  • The Kramer lab was named this month's "Shut the Sash Program" winner, earning them a catered lunch of Greek food for their conservation efforts.  The Shut the Sash fume hood competition was started in 2005 as a way to combat the high energy consumption of variable air volume (VAV) fume hoods.  Great job, guys!

MARCH 2016

  • The Kramer lab is happy to welcome graduate student, Kate Barbour, who is working in our lab as part of her studies through the Erasmus Mundus Master (MEME) Programme in Evolutionary Biology Program.  We are also happy to have Harvard undergrad, Mary Morrison, who is currently rotating with our lab.  Welcome, ladies!
  • Congratulations to the Kramer Lab's undergrads, Imani Bunn, Gabriel Amador and Kate Freedberg on the successful completion of their theses.  We're really happy for you all
    • Congrats to the Kramer Lab undergrads!


  • The Kramer Lab and friends gathered to celebrate the holidays.  With great food and a spirited yankee swap, a fun time was had by all!  Happy holidays from the Kramer Lab!

Kramer Lab and friends holiday party 2015

From left to right:  Cheng-Chiang Wu, Erin Ciccone, Cristy Walcher-Chevillet, Gabriel Amador,  Elena Kramer, Imani Bunn, Molly Edwards, Kevin Wright (Bomblies Lab), Andrew Lloyd (Bomblies Lab), Kate Freedberg, Claire Levy, Julie Vu and Pierre Baduel (Bomblies Lab)


  • The Kramer Lab is happy to welcome our new postdoc, Cristy Walcher-Chevillet.  We're very happy to have her in our lab!
  • Elena finally published that opinion piece about heterologous expression that she’s been thinking about for years.


  • Congratulations to our former NIH postdoctoral fellow Levi Yant for starting a new position as a Project Leader at the John Innes Centre in the UK and for receiving a prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant. Go Levi!

JUNE 2015

  • The Kramer Lab is happy to welcome former MEME rotation student, Min Ya, who has rejoined the lab as a graduate student in the OEB Department.  Welcome back, Minya!
  • Gabriel Mpilla will be visiting the lab this summer as part of the Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard Program.  Welcome, Gabriel!
  • The Kramer Lab is happy to welcome Molly Edwards as a new graduate student in the OEB Department!  Molly joins us fresh from a position in Gloria Coruzzi's lab at NYU.  Welcome, Molly!