Spencer J. Shreier
MSc in Plant Science, 2017. South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. Thesis: Regulation of ARF16-2 by microRNA160 during Soybean Root Nodule Development
BSc degrees in Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Biology, 2015. South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.
Staff Research Associate, University of Nevada, Reno (2018–Present)
Performs genotyping, histology, and image analysis investigations concerning muscular dystrophy. Records findings for presentation and contributes to general lab upkeep.
Scientific Writer and Editor, Plant Editors (2017–Present)
Meticulously edits and adds stylistic expertise to scientific articles, focusing on grammar, readability, and clarity. Maintains keen attention to detail, organizes multiple projects, and stays current with scientific fields and disciplines.
Graduate Research Assistant, South Dakota State University (2015–2017)
Independently developed and performed experiments to investigate the genomics of soybean root nodule development. Maintained experimental records, statistically verified data, and described findings in presentations and manuscripts. Meticulously composed and edited scientific documents, such as abstracts, posters, protocols, and a graduate thesis.
Teaching Assistant, Honors Biology, South Dakota State University (2013–2015)
Facilitated thorough discussion of biological principles and promoted scientific professional development to students. Ensured students developed a strong understanding of biological laboratory methods and practice. Deconstructed and clarified complex topics into explanations and protocols that students could readily understand.
Undergraduate Research Assistant, South Dakota State University (2012–2015)
Developed and performed various molecular biology experiments under the guidance of a mentor. Maintained experimental records, statistically verified data, and described findings in presentations and manuscripts. Meticulously composed and edited scientific documents, such as abstracts, research papers, posters, and presentations.
Narasimha Rao Nizampatnam, Spencer John Schreier, Suresh Damodaran, Sajag Adhikari and Senthil Subramanian 2015. microRNA160 Dictates Stage-Specific Auxin and Cytokinin Sensitivities and Directs Soybean Nodule Development. The Plant Journal. Volume 84, Issue 1. October 2015. Pages 140-153.
Hackenberg, D., McKain, M. R., Lee, S. G., Roy Choudhury, S., McCann, T., Schreier, S., ... & Kellogg, E. A. 2016. Gα and regulator of G‐protein signaling (RGS) protein pairs maintain functional compatibility and conserved interaction interfaces throughout evolution despite frequent loss of RGS proteins in plants. New Phytologist. Online.
Completion of the South Dakota State University Graduate Student Professional Development Program (2017)
Featured in SD EPSCOR's Student Spotlight (2017)
Recipient of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Outstanding Chapter President Award (2015)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Warren P. Poslusny Award for Outstanding Achievement (2015)
SDSU Shultz-Werth Paper Competition Award (2014)
American Society of Plant Biologists Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2013)
Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award (2013)
Outstanding Community Assistant of the Year (2013)
Bentley and Griffith Research Award (2012)