News & Events


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!

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

  • 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 2018

  • 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!