About

Jason Gardiner

Email: jasonlgardiner@ucla.edu

Education

Ph.D. in biological sciences with specialization in plant biology; Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta, Canada

09/2016

B.Sc. with specialization in plant biology; Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science University of Alberta, Canada

04/2010

 

Research experience

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Jacobsen Laboratory, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California Los Angeles, United States of America

09/2016–Present

Ph.D student, Scarpella Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada

09/2010–09/2016

Research assistant, Scarpella Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada

05/2010–08/2010

Research project (Biol 498) student, Scarpella Laboratory, Deparment of Biology, University of Alberta, Canada

01/2010–04/2010

Research project (Biol 498) student, Scarpella Laboratory, Deparment of Biology, University of Alberta, Canada

09/2009–12/2009

Research assistant, Scarpella Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada

05/2009–08/2009

Research project (Biol 499) student, Scarpella Laboratory, Deparment of Biology, University of Alberta, Canada

09/2008–04/2009

Research assistant, IGEM Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada

05/2008–08/2008

Research project (Biol 498) student, Deyholos Laboratory, Deparment of Biology, University of Alberta, Canada

01/2008–04/2008

Research assistant, IGEM Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada

05/2007–08/2007

Research

Refereed publications

  1. Jason Gardiner, Jenny Miao Chi Zhao, Kendall Chaffin, Steven E Jacobsen. 2020. Promoter and Terminator Optimization for DNA Methylation Targeting in Arabidopsis. Epigenomes.
  2. Javier Gallego-Bartolomé1, Wanlu Liu1, Peggy Hsuanyu Kuo, Suhua Feng, Basudev Ghoshal, Jason Gardiner, Jenny Miao-Chi Zhao, Soo Young Park, Joanne Chory, Steven E. Jacobsen. 2019. Co-targeting RNA Polymerases IV and V Promotes Efficient De Novo DNA Methylation in Arabidopsis. Cell. 1joint first authors
  3. Gallego-Bartolomé J.1Gardiner J.1Liu W.1Papikian A.1Ghoshal B.Yu Kuo HZhao J.M.Segal D.J. and Jacobsen S.E. 2018. Targeted DNA demethylation of the Arabidopsis genome using the human TET1 catalytic domain. PNAS. 1joint first authors
  4. Odat O.1, Gardiner J.1, Sawchuk M.G., Verna C., Donner T.J., Scarpella E. 2014. Characterization of an allelic series in the MONOPTEROS gene of Arabidopsis. Genesis. 1joint first authors
  5. Gardiner J.1, Donner T.J.1, Scarpella E. 2011. Simultaneous activation of SHR and ATHB8 expression defines switch to preprocambial cell state in Arabidopsis leaf development. Developmental Dynamics. 1joint first authors.
  6. Gardiner J.1, Sherr I.1, Scarpella E. 2010. Expression ofDOF genes identifies early stages of vascular development in Arabidopsis leaves. International Journal of Developmental Biology. 1joint first authors.

Oral presentations at scientific meetings

  1. Gardiner J.1 Ghoshal B., Gallego-Bartolomé J., Liu W., Papikian A., Zhao J.M., and Jacobsen S.E. Building targeted DNA methylation tools for Cassava. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXVIII. San Diego USA. Jan 10-15 2020.
  2. Gardiner J.1 , Ghoshal B., Gallego-Bartolomé J., Liu W., Papikian A., Zhao J.M., and Jacobsen S.E. Targeted Manipulation of DNA methylation. UCLA Molecular, Cell, and Developmental biology retreat. Santa Barbara, USA, December 6-8 2019
  3. Gardiner J.1, Donner T.J., Scarpella E. Control of SHORT-ROOT gene activation during early leaf development. RE Peter Conference Edmonton, Canada, Mar.5-6 2015.1presenting author
  4. Gardiner J.1, Donner T.J., Scarpella E. Control of leaf vein formation by auxin signalling. RE Peter Conference Edmonton, Canada, Feb. 27-28 2014.1presenting author
  5. Scarpella E.1, Sawchuk M.G., Edgar A., Donner T.J., Sherr I., Gardiner J. Auxin signals in vein formation. Plant Vascular Development 2012. Vienna, Austria. July 1-2, 2012. 1presenting author
  6. Scarpella E.1, Donner T.J., Sawchuk M.G., Sherr I., Gardiner J. Auxin signals in vein formation.Auxin signals in leaf vascular patterning. Plant Biology 2010. Montreal, Canada. July 31 – August 4, 2010. 1presenting author
  7. Gardiner J.1, Godkewitsch S, Hung B., Kelly C.1, Lancaster D.1, Lott A, Pahara J., Robinson K.1, Tran T.1, Xu W, Zamir S. Bisphenol Eh? A BPA Biosensor. IGEM 2008, Boston, USA Nov. 7-9. 1presenting author
  8. Chan M., Dul E.1, Gardiner J.1, Glass N.1, Houston V., Kumar N., LaFleche M.1, Lam A., Pahara J., Zeng C., Deyholos M., Maclagan J., Materi W., Ridgway D. Plan B: Building Butanol BioBricks. IGEM 2007, Boston, USA Nov. 2-4. 1presenting author
  9. Mckenzie R.R. 1, Bloom A., Morris B., Davis C., DePauw M., Datla R., Gardiner J., Deyholos M.K. Genetic and hormonal regulation of vascular tissue development in flax (Linum usitatissimum L.). Plant Vascular Development 2009, Banff, Canada May 8-10. 1presenting author

Poster presentations at scientific meetings

  1. Gardiner J.,1 Ghoshal B., Gallego-Bartolome J., Papikian A., Liu W., Jacobsen S.E., . CRISPR-mediated DNA demethylation targeting in plants. Genome Engineering: Frontiers of CRISPR/CAS. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories USA. October 10-13 2019 1presenting author
  2. Gardiner J.,1 Zhao J.M., Chaffin K., and Jacobsen S.E., Improving targeted editing of DNA Methylation through differential expression. Howard Hughes Medical Investigator meeting Chevy Chase USA. September 17-20 2019. 1presenting author
  3. Gallego-Bartolomé J., Gardiner J1., Liu W., Papikian A., Ghoshal B., Kuo H.Y., Zhao J.M., Segal D.J., Jacobsen S.E. Targeted DNA demethylation of the Arabidopsis genome using the Human TET1 catalytic domain. Keystone DNA and RNA Methylation. Vancouver, Canada. January 21-25 2018. 1presenting author.
  4. Gardiner J.1, Donner T.J., Scarpella E. Control of leaf vein formation by an auxin signaling Threshold. Plant Biology. Minneapolis, USA July. 26-30 2015.1presenting author
  5. Gardiner J.1, Donner T.J., Scarpella E. Control of leaf vein formation by auxin signalling. RE Peter Conference Edmonton, Canada, Feb. 27-28 2014.1presenting author
  6. Gardiner J.1, Donner T.J., Scarpella E. Control of leaf vein formation by auxin signaling. ICAR 2013 Sydney, Australia, June 24-28 2013. 1presenting author
  7. Gardiner J.1, Godkewitsch S., Hung B., Kelly C., Lancaster D., Lott A., Pahara J., Robinson K., Tran T., Xu W., Zamir S. BioBrick Binary Vector. SB 4.0, Kowloon, China, Oct. 10-12 2008. 1presenting author
  8. Gardiner J.1, Godkewitsch S, Hung B., Kelly C., Lancaster D., Lott A, Pahara J., Robinson K., Tran T., Xu W., Zamir S. Bisphenol Eh? A BPA Biosensor. IGEM, Boston, USA Nov. 7-9 2008. 1presenting author
  9. Chan M., Dul E.1, Gardiner J., Glass N., Houston V., Kumar N., LaFleche M., Lam A., Pahara J., Zeng C., Deyholos M., Maclagan J., Materi W., Ridgway D. Plan B: Building Butanol BioBricks. IGEM, Boston, USA Nov. 2-4 2007. 1presenting author

Awards and fellowships

International awards

1. AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science

07/2012–07/2014

2. Bronze medal – International Genetically Engineered Machines competition

11/2008–11/2009

3. Gold medal – International Genetically Engineered Machines competition

11/2007–11/2008

National awards

1. Post Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral) National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

05/2012–05/2015

2. Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship (Masters) National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

05/2011–05/2012

Provincial awards

1. Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Student Award09/2015-04/2016
2. Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship02/2012–02/2013
3. Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Scholarship09/2011–09/2012
4. Jason Lang Scholarship09/2008–09/2009
5. N.B. Coutts Scholarship09/2005–09/2007
6. Alexander Rutherford Scholarship09/2005–09/2006

Institutional awards

1. Department of Biological Sciences Teaching Award04/2016-04/2017
2. Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award01/2016-01/2017
3. University of Alberta Graduate Student Association’s Professional Development Award07/2015-07/2016
4. J. Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award05/2015–05/2016
5. Dr. Edwin A Cossins Graduate Scholarship in Plant Molecular Biology03/2015–03/2016
6. President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction09/2014–09/2015
7. President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction09/2013–09/2014
8. University of Alberta Graduate Student Association’s Professional Development Award06/2013–06/2014
9. University of Alberta Department of Biological Sciences Travel Award06/2013–06/2014
10. Bill Samuel Graduate Student Service Award04/2013–04/2014
11. President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction09/2012–09/2013
12. Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship09/2011–09/2012
13. Dean’s List09/2008–09/2009
14. Norma Nicholson Award04/2007–04/2008
15. Residence Services Leadership Award04/2007–04/2008

Contribution to the community

Outreach

The History of Hot Chocolate in 15min or Less presented at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden’s Botany of the Holidays. 05/12/2019
Judge at the Edmonton Regional Science Fair

04/9/2016

How to create new plants. Presented for Ideas Day at Mckernan junior high school Edmonton, Alberta.

02/18/2015

Plants: What are they good for and how do we modify them. Presented to grade 8-9 students from the Gramina junior high school, Spruce Grove, Alberta.

01/20/2015

Science Days at Leduc and Stony Plain Brightpath learning centers. various science related demonstrations given to children 5-10 years old, Stony Plain, Alberta

08/13/2014

07/22/2014

07/04/2014

07/03/2014

Plants: What are they good for and how do we modify them. Presented to grade 10-11 students at The Holy Trinity high school, Edmonton, Alberta.

05/26/2014

Plant Breeding and GMOs. Presented to three grade 7 classes at Archbishop Joseph MacNeil school, Edmonton, Alberta.

04/08/2014

Presentation Facilitator-Science Fundamentals, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

09/2008–04/2009

Scientific

 Canadian Society of Plant Biologists Annual General Meeting–Audio Visual Volunteer

06/2012

University

President-Organization of Botany Students at the University of Alberta

05/200805/2009

Presentation Facilitator-University of Alberta Undergraduate Orientation

09/2008

Orientation Volunteer-University of Alberta Residence Services

09/2007

Faculty

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Councilor – University of Alberta

09/2013–05/2015

Departmental

Graduate Student Representative-Plant Biology interest group at the University of Alberta

01/2014–01/2015

Web master-Biology Graduate Students Association at the University of Alberta

12/201209/2014

Graduate Student Representative-Plant Biology Research Interest Group at the University of Alberta

09/2012–12/2013