Nikki Traylor-Knowles

Associate Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology

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Associate Professor, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology - Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science. Secondary Faculty in Biology

Secondary Faculty in the Department of Biology 

Nikki Traylor-Knowles is an Associate Professor in Marine Biology and Ecology at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. She is a cell biologist that studies the evolution of immunity, wound healing, and regeneration. Her lab uses cell biology, genomics, microbiology, and molecular biology techniques to study the cnidarian innate immune system and its interaction with climate change and other human-induced stressors. She is interested in the application of these techniques to conservation efforts through the development of biomarkers.

Teaching and Mentoring

Dr. Traylor-Knowles teaches undergraduate courses in invertebrate zoology and marine biology.

Service at UM and Wider Scientific Community

Dr. Traylor-Knowles is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She strives to promote diversity in marine science.




2003B.Sc. Cellular and Molecular Biology, , Johns Hopkins University
2004M.Sc. Cellular and Molecular Biology, , Johns Hopkins University
2012Ph.D. Biology, , Boston University

Honors & Acknowledgements

Honors & Acknowledgements

Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Honor Society, Associate Membership, 2019
University of Miami, Provost Award 2018, 2019
National Academy of Science -Kavli Frontiers in Science Fellow, 2015-present
NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow,  2013 -15
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Award, 2013 -16

Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow                               2013 - 2015
National Science Foundation: Total amount $170,000

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Award                                       2013 - 2016
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Total amount $60,000
Dr. Traylor-Knowles field and laboratory experiments to understand the role of innate immunity in the survival of coral reefs.

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