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Curriculum Vitae JOSEPH HERAS, Ph.D. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 367 Stanford Ct. University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA 92612 321 Steinhaus Hall (951) 347-9395 Irvine, CA 92697
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  Curriculum Vitae  JOSEPH HERAS, Ph.D. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 367 Stanford Ct. University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA 92612 321 Steinhaus Hall (951) 347-9395 Irvine, CA 92697 herasj@uci.edu APPOINTMENTS [04/2015-Present] Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of California, Irvine [09/2014-11/2014] Staff Research Associate, School of Social Sciences University of California, Merced EDUCATION [08/2014] Doctor of Philosophy - Quantitative and Systems Biology  School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced Dissertation advisor: Dr. Andres Aguilar Dissertation Title: Adaptive molecular evolution within a highly diverse group of fishes, rockfishes ( Sebastes ) [09/2007] Master of Science - Biology  Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles Thesis advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Torres Thesis Title: Examination of Skogsbergia lerneri  (Ostracoda: Myodocopida: Cypridinidae) from Belize: the use of molecular and morphological tools to distinguish cryptic species [06/2005] Bachelor of Science - Biology  University of California, Riverside Research advisor: Dr. James Baldwin Project description: Developing online taxonomic keys for identifying marine nematodes from the Gulf of California PUBLICATIONS 6. German, D.P., Foti, D.M., Heras, J., Amerkhanian, H., Lockwood, B.L. ( 2016 ) Elevated gene copy number does not always explain elevated amylase activities in fishes. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 89(4):277-293. 5. Regan, M.D., Turko, A., Heras, J. , Andersen, M.K., Lefevre, S., Wang, T., Bayley, M., Brauner, C., Huong, D.T.T., Phuong, N.T., Nilsson, G.E. ( 2016 )   Ambient CO2, fish behaviour and altered GABAergic neurotransmission: exploring the mechanism of CO2-altered behaviour by taking a hypercapnia dweller down to low CO2 levels. Journal of Experimental Biology. 219:109-118.  4. Heras, J.,  McClintock, K., Sunagawa, S., and Aguilar, A. ( 2015 ) Gonadal transcriptomics elucidate patterns of adaptive evolution within marine rockfishes ( Sebastes ). BMC Genomics. 16:656. 3. Heras, J.,  Koop, B. F., and Aguilar, A. ( 2011 ) A transcriptomic scan for positively selected genes in two closely related marine fishes: Sebastes caurinus  and S. rastrelliger  . Marine Genomics. 4(2):93-98. 2. Baumsteiger, J., Swift, H. F., Lehman, Lehman, J. M., Heras, J.,  and Gomez-Daglio, L. ( 2010 ) Getting to the root of phylogenetics. Frontiers of Biogeography. 2(3):68-69. 1. De Ley, P., De Ley, I. T., Morris, K., Abebe, E., Mundo, M., Heras, J.,  Waumann D., Olivares, A. R., Burr, J., Baldwin, J. G., and Kelly, W. K. ( 2005 ) An integrated approach to fast and informative morphological vouchering of nematodes for application in molecular barcoding. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 360:1945-1958. TEACHING EXPERIENCE [01/2015-03/2015] Lecturer Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles Instructor for Biol 350 (Evolution) and the lab instructor for Biol 340 (Genetics). As an instructor for Biol 350, my responsibilities included developing lectures, exams, and assignments for an undergraduate upper division course. For Biol 340, my responsibilities include preparing laboratory exercises for students that include crosses of   Drosophila melanogaster   and molecular technique exercises that include: DNA extractions, PCR/RT-PCR, and gel electrophoresis. [01/2008-01/2014] Teaching Fellow School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced Assisted with the following four courses: Biology Today, Contemporary Biology, Evolution, and Introduction to Molecular Biology. Teaching assistant duties includes attending lectures, developing quizzes, leading discussion and laboratory exercises, grading exams and laboratory reports, and hosting review sessions. [05/2012-05/2014] Instructional Intern  Center for Research on Teaching Excellence Attending workshops on how to improve teaching strategies and pedagogy. I have facilitated workshops on how to prepare for the first day of instruction, how to assess student  performance, and how to assist students with thinking within their disciplines. As part of my internship, I was selected to participate in a novel program called the Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Assessment – Pedagogy and Program Planning. This program was designed to assess  progress within introductory science courses at the University of California, Merced. ABSTRACTS AND PRESENTATIONS Heras ,  J ., and German, D.P. The monkeyface prickleback ( Cebidichthys violaceus ) genome: a source for understanding biology in a complex environment. Talk presented at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings held in New Orleans, Louisiana ( January 2017 ).    Heras ,  J ., and German, D.P. The monkeyface prickleback ( Cebidichthys violaceus ) genome: a source for understanding biology in a complex environment. Talk presented at the annual Southwestern Organismal Biology Meeting held at California State University, Fullerton ( November 2016 ). Heras ,  J ., and German, D.P. The monkeyface prickleback ( Cebidichthys violaceus ) genome: a source for understanding biology in a complex environment. Talk presented at the annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS) held in Long Beach, California ( October 2016 ). Heras ,  J ., and German, D.P. The monkeyface prickleback ( Cebidichthys violaceus ) genome: a source for understanding biology in a complex environment. Talk presented at the annual University of California, Irvine Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium ( September 2016 ). Heras ,  J ., and German, D.P. The monkeyface prickleback ( Cebidichthys violaceus ) genome: a source for understanding biology in a complex environment. Talk presented at the annual Southern California Academy of Sciences meetings held at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California ( May 2016 ). Heras ,  J ., and Aguilar, A. Analysis of multiple transcriptomes to identify adaptive evolution in rockfishes ( Sebastes ) subgenus  Pteropodus . Talk presented at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings held in Portland, Oregon ( January 2016 ). Heras ,  J ., and German, D.P. The monkeyface prickleback ( Cebidichthys violaceus ) genome: a source for understanding biology in a complex environment. Poster presented at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings held in Portland, Oregon ( January 2016 ). Heras ,  J ., and Aguilar, A. Analysis of multiple transcriptomes to identify adaptive evolution in rockfishes ( Sebastes ) subgenus  Pteropodus . Talk presented at the annual Western Society of  Naturalists meetings held in Sacramento, California ( November 2015 ). Heras ,  J ., and German, D.P. A comparative genomics approach to understand dietary adaptation. Talk presented at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Southwestern Organismal Biology Meeting held at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona ( October 2015 ). Heras , J ., McClintock, K., Sunagawa, S., and Aguilar, A. Identifying positive Darwinian selection within the gonadal transcriptomes of marine rockfishes (genus: Sebastes ) to elucidate  patterns of adaptive radiations. Poster presented at the annual Evolution meetings held in Snowbird, Utah ( June 2013 ). Heras ,  J ., Aguilar, A., and the Rockfish Sequencing Consortium. A comparative genomic study of marine rockfishes (genus Sebastes ) to understand marine speciation and adaptation. Talk presented at the annual Western Society of Naturalists meetings held in Seaside, California ( November 2012 ). Heras ,  J ., McClintock, K., Sunagawa, S., and Aguilar, A. Identifying positive Darwinian selection within gonadal transcriptomes of marine rockfishes (genus: Sebastes ) to elucidate  patterns of adaptive radiations. Poster presented at the annual Ecological Genomics Symposia held in Kansas City, Missouri ( October 2012 ).    Heras ,  J ., and Aguilar, A. A genomic scan for positively selected genes in two closely related marine fishes: Sebastes caurinus  and S. rastrelliger  . Talk presented at the annual Western Society of Naturalists meetings held in San Diego, California ( November 2010 ). Heras ,  J ., and Aguilar, A. A genomic approach to elucidate patterns of speciation within rockfish ( Sebastes ) subgenus  Pteropodus . Poster presented at the annual Evolution meetings held in Moscow, Idaho ( June 2009 ). Heras ,  J ., and Torres, E. Examination of Skogsbergia lerneri (Ostracoda: Myodocopida: Cypridinidae) from Belize: the use of molecular and morphological tools to distinguish cryptic species. Poster presented at the annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS) held in Tampa, Florida ( October 2006 ).  Heras ,  J ., and Torres, E. Examination of Skogsbergia lerneri  (Ostracoda: Myodocopida: Cypridinidae) from Belize: the use of molecular and morphological tools to distinguish cryptic species. Talk presented at the Center of Environmental Analysis - Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CEA-CREST) annual conference held at California State University, Los Angeles, California ( May 2006 ).   SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS 2016-Awarded a travel grant to attend the annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS) which will be held in Long Beach, California on October 2-5th, 2016 (Grant includes registration $450, travel, and lodging). 2015-Awarded a travel grant to attend the University of Pennsylvania program in Single Cell Biology workshop on Single Cell Transcriptomics Description: This workshop (May 4 th - May 8 th ) focuses on advanced techniques for single cell isolation, RNA amplification, and gene expression via RNA-Seq (Grant Amount: $500). 2014-Granted a scholarship from the American Physiological Society to attend a course in Vietnam on air-breathing fish in the Mekong Delta Description: This was a 12-day course (December 1 st - December 12 th , 2014) on the physiology of native fishes in Vietnam, and the impacts of environmental conditions on the adaptive traits of these fishes (Scholarship Amount: $750). 2014-Awarded the Quantitative and Systems Biology Dissertation Fellowship at University of California, Merced Description: This fellowship paid my salary and tuition during the spring semester at the University of California, Merced, which allowed me to prepare my dissertation and defense (Fellowship Amount: $14,916). 2013-American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Graduate Fellowship (AAHHE) Description: Full accommodations for travel and lodging to the AAHHE conference, which was held on March 26 th  – 31 st , 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. 2012-Ecological Genomics Symposium Travel Grant funded by the National Science Foundation Description: Funds to attend the annual symposium (2012) in Kansas City, Missouri that enabled me to present my research (Travel Award Amount: $400). 2012-Awarded the Quantitative and Systems Biology Research Award at University of California, Merced Description: This fellowship will pay for my next-generation DNA sequencing kit, which is required for the fourth chapter of my doctoral dissertation (Research Award Amount: $850).
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