Nikki Traylor-Knowles
ntk17 //at//
Postdoctoral Scholar, CV

I will be starting a laboratory at University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science in February 2016.


PhD in Biology, Boston University, 2011
MSc. in Celluar and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2004 Biology Departmental Honors
BSc. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2003

Research interests:

  • Innate immunity
  • Wound healing
  • Coral conservation
  • Cnidarian evolution
  • Coral resiliency strategies


  • Palumbi, S. R., Barshis, D., Traylor-Knowles, N., Bay, R. (2014) Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change. Science. 344(6186): 895-898; doi: 10.1126/science.1251336
  • Traylor-Knowles, N., Palumbi, S.R. (2014) Translational environmental biology: using cell biology to inform conservation. Trends in Cell Biology. 24(5): 265-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tcb.2014.03.001.
  • DuBuc, T.Q., Traylor-Knowles, N., Martindale, M.Q. (2014) Initiating a regenerative response, cellular and molecular features of wound healing in the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis. BMC Biology. 12:24 doi:10.1186/1741-7007-12-24. [HIGHLY ACCESSED]
  • Barshis, D. J., Ladner, J. T., Oliver, T. A., Seneca, F.O., Traylor-Knowles, N. and Palumbi, S. R. (2013) Genomic basis for coral resilience to climate change. PNAS. doi:10.1073/pnas.1210224110
  • Palmer, C.V. and Traylor-Knowles, N. (2012) Towards an integrated network of coral immune mechanisms. Proc R Soc B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1477
  • Traylor-Knowles, N., Granger, B., Lubinski, T., Parikh, J.R.,  Garamszegi, S., Xia, Y. , Marto, J, Kaufman, L., Finnerty, J.R. (2011) Production of a reference transcriptome and transcriptomic database (PocilloporaBase) for the cauliflower coral, Pocillopora damicornis . BMC Genomics. 12(1): 585. PMID: 22126435. (Highly Accessed)
  • Palmer, C.V., Traylor-Knowles, N., Willis, B.L., and Bythell, J.C. (2011) Corals use similar immune cells and wound-healing processes as those of higher organisms. PLoS One, 6(8): e23992.
  • Wolenski, F.S., Garbati, M.R., Traylor-Knowles, N., Dresselhaus, E., Goucher, H., Finnerty, J.R., Gilmore, T.D. (2010) Characterization of the core elements of the NF-kB signaling pathway in the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis. Molecular and Cellular Biology. doi:10.1128/MCB.00927-10.
  • Sullivan, J.C., Wolenski, F.S., Reitzel, A.M., French, C.E., Traylor-Knowles, N., Gilmore, T.D., and Finnerty, J.R. (2009) Two alleles encoding transcription factor NF-kB in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis are widely distributed in natural populations and encode proteins with distinct DNA-binding and transactivation activities. PLoS One, 4:10, e7311.
  • Marquez, E.C., Traylor-Knowles, N., Novillo-Villajos, A., Callard, I.P. (2011) Cloning of the estrogen receptor alpha and aromatase cDNAs and gene expression in turtles (Chrysemys picta and Pseudemys scripta) exposed to different environments. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part C. 154: 213-225. doi:10.1016/j.cbpc.2011.05.008
  • Marquez, E.C., Traylor-Knowles, N., Novillo-Villajos, A., and Callard, I.P. (2011) Novel cDNA sequences of aryl hydrocarbon receptors in turtles (Chrysemys picta and Pseudemys scripta) and changes in gene expression in turtles exposed to different environments, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part C. 154(4): 305-17.
  • Traylor-Knowles, N., Hansen, U., Dubuc, T.Q., Martindale, M. Q., Kaufman, L., Finnerty, J.R. (2010) The evolutionary diversification of LSF and Grainyhead transcription factors preceded the radiation of basal animal lineages. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10:101. (Highly Accessed)
  • Reitzel A.M., Sullivan, J.C., Traylor-Knowles, N., Finnerty, J.R. (2008) Genomic survey of stress-response genes in the estuarine anemone Nematostella vectensis. The Biological Bulletin.214: 233-54.
  • Domart-Coulon, I. J., Traylor-Knowles, N., Peters, E.; Elbert, D., Downs, C.A., Price, K., Stubbs, J., McLaughlin, S., Cox, E., Aeby, G., Brown, P. R., and Ostrander, G. K. (2006) Comprehensive characterization of skeletal tissue growth anomalies of the finger coral Porites compressa. Coral Reefs, 25 (4): 531-543.

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