Ciera C. Martinez

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

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University of California, Berkeley, March 2016 - present, Advisor: Michael Eisen
University of California, Davis, Jan 2010 - March 2016, Advisor: Neelima Sinha
RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan, Dec 2014 - April 2015, Advisor: Keiko Sugimoto
University of Kansas, Aug 2008 - Aug 2009, Advisors: Lena Hileman and Jill Preston
Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, Sept 2007 - Aug 2008, Advisor: Rick Ree
University of Colorado, Boulder, April - Aug 2007, Advisor: Pamela Diggle
Northeastern Illinois University,
Sept 2006 - May 2008, Advisor: Joel Olfelt


PhD, Plant Biology, March 2016
Emphasis in Molecular Biology and Genomics
University of California, Davis California

Bachelor of Science, Biology, May 2008
Chemistry Minor
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago Illinois



Bucksch A, 37 authors including Martinez C. Morphological plant modeling: Unleashing geometric and topologic potential within the plant sciences.
Preprint: BioRxiv

Peer Reviewed

10. Martinez C*, Chitwood D*, Smith R, Sinha N. Left-right leaf asymmetry in decussate and distichous phyllotactic systems. 2016. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
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Preprint: BioRxiv

9. Martinez C, Koenig D, Chitwood D, Sinha N. A Sister of PIN1 gene in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) defines organ initiation patterns by maintaining epidermal auxin flux. 2016.
Developmental Biology.
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Preprint: BioRxiv

8. Chitwood D, Kumar R, Ranjan A, Pelletier J, Townsley B, Ichihashi Y, Martinez C , Zumstein K, Harada J, Maloof J, and Sinha R. Light-induced indeterminacy alters shade avoiding tomato leaf morphology. 2015. Plant Physiology.
Preprint: BioRxiv

7. Chitwood D, Ranjan A, Kumar R, Ichihashi Y, Zumstein K, Headland L, Gallardo EO, Bush S, Carriedo L, Fulop D, Martinez C, Aguilar-Martínez J, Peng J, Maloof J, Sinha N. Resolving distinct genetic regulators of leaf shape within a heteroblastic and ontogenetic context. 2014. Plant Cell.

6. Chitwood D, Ranjan A, Martinez C, Headland L, Thiem T, R Kumar, Covington M, Hatcher T, Naylor D, Zimmerman S, Downs N, Raymundo N, Buckler E, Maloof J, Aradhya M, Prins B, Li L, Myles S, and Sinha N. A modern ampelography: a genetic basis for leaf shape and venation patterning in Vitis vinifera. 2013. Plant Physiology.

5. Martinez C and Sinha N. Genetic Control of Leaf Shape. 2013. Encyclopedia of Life Science (eLS)

4. Ahmad Naz A, Raman S, Martinez C, Neelima S, Schmitz G, Theres K. trifoliate encodes an R2R3 MYB transcription factor that modulates leaf and shoot architecture in tomato. 2013. PNAS.

3. Chitwood D, Headland L, Ranjan A, Martinez C, Braybrook S, Koenig D,Kuhlemeier C, Smith R, and Sinha N. Leaf asymmetry as a developmental constraint imposed by auxin-dependent phyllotactic patterning. 2012. Plant Cell.

2. Preston J, Martinez C, Hileman L. Gradual disintegration of the floral symmetry gene network is implicated in the evolution of a wind-pollination syndrome. 2011. PNAS.

1. Du J, Miura E, Robischon M, Martinez C, Groover A, 2011 The Populus class III HD ZIP transcription Factor POPCORONA affects cell differentiation during secondary growth of woody stems. 2011. PLoS ONE.

*these authors contributed equally


2017 Phenome 2017 Travel Scholarship (declined)
2016 Scholarship Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics
2016 NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship
2015 Katherine Esau Summer Graduate Fellowship
2014 NSF Graduate Research Oppurtunities Worldwide (GROW) Fellowship
2014 Walter R. and Roselinde H. Russell Fellowship
2014 ASPB Travel Grant
2013 Elsie Taylor Stocking Fellowship
2013 ASPB Travel Grant
2012 Excellence in Mentorship Award
2012 Elsie Taylor Stocking Fellowship
2012 ASPB Travel Grant
2011 GFRP NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
2009 UC Riverside Travel Grant
2008 PREP Fellow at Kansas University
2007 REU Fellowship at University of Colorado, Boulder


2016 Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology Colloquim, Asilomar, CA
Poster: Using comparative genomic approaches to reveal underlying constraints on enhancer sequence divergence

2016 Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous
University of California, Davis
Talk (invited): The hidden beauty of plant architecture

2015 1. Nagoya University 2. RIKEN-Kobe 3. NAIST Institute – Nara
Three Talks: Using laser capture micro-dissection and characterization of a Solanum lycopersicum pin1 mutant to understand developmental and cellular differentiation patterns in plants.

2015 International Plant Meeting in Kyoto, Kyoto Sangyo University
Talk (invited): Investigating the molecular mechanisms regulating leaf initiation, morphogenesis, and cellular differentiation in Solanum lycopersicum.

2014 American Society of Plant Biology, Portland, OR
Poster: Global Gene Expression Map of a Complex Leaf

2014 Stanford Carnegie Institution for Science, Palo Alto, CA
Talk (invited): Getting started on making your computational work reproducible.

2013 FASEB Mechanisms in Plant Development, Saxtons River, VT
Talk (selected abstract): Understanding the phylogenetic history and function of members of the PIN-FORMED1 clade using Solanum lycopersicum (tomato)

2013 American Society of Plant Biology, Providence, RD
Poster: Understanding the phylogenetic history and function of members of the PIN-FORMED1 clade using Solanum lycopersicum (tomato)

2012 Plant Biology Graduate Group Fall Colloquium, Davis, CA
Talk: Developing a Global Expression Map of a Developing Leaf

2012 American Society of Plant Biology, Austin, TX
Poster: Exploring the Forgotten Axis of Leaf Development

2011 NAIST Global COE International Symposium, Nara, Japan
Talk: Exploring the Forgotten Axis of Leaf Development

2011 UC Davis Plant Cell Seminar Series, Asilomar, CA
Talk: Auxin’s Influence on the trifoliate Mutant Leaf Phenotype

2008 UC Riverside 25th Symposium in Plant Biology, CA
Poster: Duplication and Divergence of Veronicaceae Floral Symmetry Genes - Implications For The Reduction/Loss of Floral Zygomorphy and Stamen Number

2008 NEIU Research Symposium, Chicago, IL
Talk: Using Chloroplast Genome Regions Trn L-f, Trn T-l, Trn D- psbm2, And Trn D-t to Assess Phylogenetic Relationships of Corydalis

2007 REU Research Symposium, Boulder, CO, Podium
Talk: Fw2.2 Effect On Floral and Fruit Development in Tomato Plants

2007 NEIU Research Symposium, Chicago, IL
Poster: Effects of Gibberellic Acid, Light, and Cold Stratification on Echinacea pallida and Aquilegia canadensis Germination Rates


2017 Co-Organizer, RLadies San Franscisco
2016 Reviewer, PLOS One
2016 21st Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics, Seattle, WA
2016 rOpenSci Unconference, San Francisco, CA
2015 NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Morphological Plant Models
2015 Reviewer, Annals of Botany
2014 Meeting Organizer, Reproducible Science Curriculum
2014 Reviewer, Annals of Botany
2014 Reviewer, New Phytologist
2014 rOpenSci Unconference, San Francisco, CA
2014 Technical Editor, Bioinformatics Data Skills by Vince Buffalo (O'Reilly)
2013 QB3 Python Course
2012 Plant Biology Graduate Group Selection Committee
2011 Reviewer, Molecular Biology and Evolution
2011 Plant Biology Graduate Group Selection Committee
2010 Plant Biology Graduate Collquium and Social Organizer


2017 Git and Github Tutorial, Instructor, Berkeley, CA
2016 SOM Clustering Tutorial, Instructor, Davis CA
2015 Reproducible Research Bootcamp, Instructor, Gainsville, FL
2014 BIS 180L Genomics, Teaching Assistant
2014 Introduction to R, Instructor, Woodland Pioneer High School
2014 Software Carpentry Course, Helper, Portland, OR
2014 Software Carpentry Course, Helper, Davis, CA
2013 Bioinformatics and R Tutorial, Instructor
2012 Bioinformatics and R Tutorial, Instructor
2011 PLB 112 Plant Growth and Development, Teaching Assistant
2011 Bioinformatics and R Tutorial, Instructor
2010 Career Development Seminar Series, Coordinator


2013 - 2015 Surbhi Chophla, currently a technician at Monsanto
2012 - 2013 Paradee Thammapichai, currently a PhD Student at University of Wisconsin, Madison
2011 - 2012 Gillie Ish-Shalom, currently a Research Associate at Anacor
2010 - 2011 Jeanice Jones, currently in Peace Corps