Min Ya

Min Ya

Graduate Student
Min Ya

Being a plant lover since I was little, I have always been fascinated by the enormous diversity of floral architectures. Now in the Kramer lab, I began to explore this diversity by asking how Aquilegia species build their flowers. My research interests lie in the genetic networks that embellished the lineage-specific characters in Aquilegia; in particular, the programs that give rise to the petal spurs and the novel floral organ, staminodium. Currently I’m doing functional studies of several genes using tools such as in situ hybridization and virus induced gene silencing (VIGS). These candidate genes came from our previous RNAseq data and were enriched during early developmental stages of spurs or staminodia.

 Outside of lab I spend lots of time pianoing, water coloring/color penciling, making subtitles for Japanese anime/movies, and traveling between Asia, America, and Europe.  For more information, please visit my website!


  • Dual Master’s Degree in Evolutionary Biology from Uppsala University (Sweden) and University of Montpellier II (France)
  • In partial fulfillment of the requirements for MS for the MEME program (Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology), conducted thesis research projects at Harvard University (USA) and Munich Botanical Garden (University of Munich, Germany).
  • BS in Biology, Sichuan University (China), exchange student at Hokkaido University (Japan)

Contact Information

Biolabs Room 1119
16 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge MA 02138
p: 617-384-7820

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