Curriculum Vitae Director of Plant Genomics




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Amy Litt

Curriculum Vitae

Director of Plant Genomics

and Cullman Curator

The New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, NY 10458

718-817-8161; alitt@nybg.org




Professional Preparation


Brown University, Providence, RI Biology B.A., 1975

Yale University, New Haven, CT Biology M. Phil., 1982

New York Botanical Garden/City Plant Sciences Ph.D., 1999

University of New York, Bronx, NY

Yale University, New Haven, CT Plant Molecular Biology Post-doc., 1999-2004

Appointments

2005- Director of Plant Genomics and Cullman Curator. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY


2004-2005 Assistant Professor. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

2003-2004 Post-Doctoral Associate. Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1999-2003 Post-Doctoral Fellow. Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1998-1999 Instructor. Forestry School, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1996-1997 Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellow in Molecular Systematics. NY

Botanical Garden

1992-1996 Herbarium Assistant. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

1993 Instructor. Dept. of Education, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

1985-1992 Teacher. Horace Mann-Barnard School, Bronx, NY

1984-1985 Teacher. The Chapin School, NY, NY



Publications


Litt, A. Evolution of the ABC model of flower development: how new molecular mechanisms

produce new floral forms. In prep for special issue of Int. J. Plant Sci.

Hileman, L. C., S. Drea, G. de Martino, A. Litt, and V.F. Irish. In press. Virus induced gene

silencing is an effective tool to assay gene function in the basal eudicot Papaver somniferum (opium poppy). Plant Journal.

Irish, V. F., and A. Litt. 2005 in press. Flower development and evolution: gene duplication, diversification, and redeployment. Current Opinions in Genes and Development 15

Liu, Y., Nakayama, N., Schiff, M., Litt, A., Irish, V.F. and Dinesh-Kumar, S.P. 2004. Virus induced gene silencing of a DEFICIENS ortholog in Nicotiana benthamiana. Plant Mol. Biol. 54: 701-711.

Sytsma, K. J., A. Litt., M. Zjhra, J. C. Pires, M. Nepokroeff, E. Conti, J. Walker, and P.Wilson. 2004. Clades, clocks, and continents: historical and biogeographical analysis of Myrtaceae, Vochysiaceae, and relatives in the southern hemisphere. International Journal of Plant Sciences 165 (4 Suppl.) S85-S105.

Litt, A. Vochysiaceae and Euphroniaceae. 2004. in Flowering Plants of the Neotropics, N. Smith, S. A. Mori, A. Henderson, D. W. Stevenson, and S. Heald, eds. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Litt, A. and V. F. Irish. 2003. Duplication and divergence in the APETAL1/FRUITFULL gene lineage: implications for the evolution of floral development programs. Genetics 165:821- 833.

Litt, A. and D. W. Stevenson. 2003. Floral morphology of Vochysiaceae I. Position of the single fertile stamen. American Journal of Botany 90:1533-1547

Litt, A. and D. W. Stevenson. 2003. Floral morphology of Vochysiaceae II. Structure of the

gynoecium. American Journal of Botany 90:1548-1559.

Litt., A. and M. Cheek. 2002. Korupodendron songweangum, a new genus and species of

Vochysiaceae form West-Central Africa. Brittonia 54: 13-17.


Litt, A. and M. W. Chase. 1999. The systematic position of Euphronia, with comments on the position of Balanops: an analysis based on rbcL sequence data. Systematic Botany 23: 401- 409.


Conti, E., A. Litt, P.G. Wilson, S.A Graham, B.G. Briggs, L.A.S. Johnson, and K.J. Sytsma. 1997. Interfamiliar relationships in Myrtales: molecular phylogeny and patterns of morphological evolution. Systematic Botany 22: 629-647.

Conti, E., A. Litt, and K. J. Sytsma. 1996. Circumscription of the Myrtales and their relationships to other Rosids: evidence from rbcL data. American Journal of Botany 83: 221-233.



Invited Presentations

2000 Phylogeny and floral morphology of Vochysiaceae. Departmental seminar, Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University.

2002 Duplication and diversification in the APETALA1 gene lineage. at Plant Reproduction 2002 -- From Evolutionary and Physiological Analyses to Molecular Genetic Studies, Penn State University, PA

2004 Duplication and divergence in the APETALA1 gene lineage: implications for the evolution of floral development. Departmental seminar, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

2004 Evolutionary changes in a MADS-box gene lineage: implications for the evolution of floral developmental mechanisms Symposium participant, Plant development and evolution: Lessons learned from candidate genes, Botany2004, Snowbird, Utah.

2004. Phylogeny and floral development of Vochysiaceae. symposium participant, Evolution of Neotropical Plants: the Phylogenetic Perspective. Colombian Botanical Congress, Popayan, Colombia.

2004. Mechanisms and evolution of floral development. symposium participant, Evolution of Neotropical Plants: the Phylogenetic Perspective. Colombian Botanical Congress, Popayan, Colombia.

2005. Evolution of plant development: genomic and candidate gene approaches. New York

Unversity Biology Department seminar.


Other Activities


Panel Member, DDIG proposal review, National Science Foundation (2005)

Coordinator, TAP program (Teaching Advancement Program), Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama (2004-2005)

Participating PI, MORPH (Molecular and Organismic Research in Plant History), NSF-

supported Research Coordination Network (2003 – present)

Member, Botanical Society of America Karling Award Committee (2003 - present)

Member, Botanical Society of America and American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Assistant and Associate Editor, Brittonia (1996-1998)

Awards, and Fellowships


2003 Brown Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University.

1999-2000 Anderson Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University

1996 Fund for Neotropical Plant Studies Award

1996 Lawrence Memorial Award

1994-1996 Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellowship in Molecular Systematics, NY

Botanical Garden

1994 American Society for Plant Taxonomy Research Award

1993 Lawrence/Conoco/DuPont Award, NY Botanical Garden

1992-1996 Herbarium Fellow, NY Botanical Garden

Grants Awarded

NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant 9520713. 1995-1997. Systematics of Vochysiaceae: small family, big questions.

USDA-CSREES 2001-35304-09901. 2000-2002. Evolution and expression of the APETALA1 gene family in angiosperms.

NSF POWRE Award, 2000. Evolution and expression of the APETALA1 gene family in angiosperms.






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