Doris Wagner Department of Biology
University of Pennsylvania
433 S. University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
2018 Robert I. Williams Term Professor of Biology
2013 Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
2011 Graduate Chair, Department of Biology
2008 Interim Graduate Chair, Department of Biology
2007 Associate Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
2000 Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
1998 Research Associate, Department of Biology, California Institute of Technology
1995 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, California Institute of Technology
1995 Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of California at Berkeley, Thesis Advisor: Peter Quail
1988 Vordiplom (BA equivalent), Technische Universität München, Weihenstephan, DE
Awards and Honors
2019 Fellow of the American Society for Plant Biology
2017-2019 President, North American Arabidopsis Steering Executive Committee
2014-2019 Elected Member, North American Arabidopsis Steering Executive Committee
2003-2021 Keynote speaker at 20 symposia
2010-2016 Lead PI Epigenomics of Plants International Consortium (EPIC) RCN to foster international collaboration in the field of plant epigenomics
2004 Undergraduate Teaching Award, Biology Department, University of Pennsylvania
2003, 2005, 2008, 2015 University Research Foundation Award
1998 – 2000 California Institute of Technology Research Fellow grant
1995 – 1998 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
1988 Dr. Whittman Fellowship for Undergraduate Research
1987 Vereinigte Stipendienstiftung Fellowship for Undergraduate Research
2020 – Associate Editor, Science Advances
2017- Editor in Chief, Current Opinion in Plant Biology
2014 – 2017 Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Executive Committee,
Chair of subcommittee on plant epigenetics
2013 – Core Faculty member, UPenn Epigenetics Institute
2011- 2013 Penn Genomics Frontiers Institute Executive Board
2009 – 2013 Epigenetics Program Executive Board, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 2008 – Member, School of Medicine, Genomics and Computational Biology Graduate Group
2002 – Trainer, NIH training grants in the University of Pennsylvania Medical School:
Cell and Molecular Biology; Developmental Biology; Genetics and Gene Regulation (
2002 – Member, School of Medicine, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (since 2002)
2012- Member, American Society for the Advancement of Science
Conferences and Workshops organized
2022 CSH Asia Conference co-organizer (with Dr. Fred Berger, Xiao-Feng Cao and Toshiro Ito) Integrative Plant Epigenetics, virtual.
2018 Concurrent session organizer, Epigenetics, Plant Biology Conference, Montreal, Canada.
2017 Co-organizer (with Dr. Rick Vierstra), 28th International Arabidopsis Conference (ICAR), St.
2017 Co-organizer, (with Dr. Marja Timmermans) International FASEB conference on Mechanisms in
Plant Development, Saxtons River VT
2016 Session Chair, International Plant Growth Substance Association, Toronto, Canada.
2016 Co-organizer (with Dr. Scott Michaels and Dr. Nathaniel Springer), Keystone Symposium on Plant Epigenetics, Taos NM, February 2016
2015 Co-organizer (with Dr. Francois Roudier), MASC/EPIC workshop ‘Plant Epigenetics and Chromatin Regulation’, ICAR Paris, France.
2015 Co-organizer (with Dr. Xiao-Feng Cao), Cold Spring Harbor Asia Symposium on Plant
Epigenetics and Development, Suzhou China, June 2015
2014 Organizer, workshop on ‘Plant Epigenetics and small RNAs’, ICAR Vancouver, Canada.
2014 Organizer, International Symposium, Epigenetics and Response to Environmental Cues’, University of Pennsylvania.
2013 Co-organizer (with Dr. Liz Dennis), workshop on ‘Epigenomics’, International Arabidopsis Conference, Sydney, Australia, June 2013
2012 Session Chair, ‘Systems Biology’, International Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) Conference,
Jeju Island, South Korea, October 2012
2012 Workshop organizer, ‘Epigenomics’, International Arabidopsis Conference, Vienna, Austria, July
2012 Co-organizer (with Dr. Xiao-Feng Cao), International Symposium on Epigenetic Regulation in Higher Plants, Beijing, China.
2012 Co-organizer (with Dr. Rob Martienssen), Workshop on Plant Epigenetics, Plant and Animal ] Genome XX Conference, San Diego, CA.
2011 Organizer, Banbury Conference on Plant Epigenomics.
2011 Organizer, Workshop on ‘Epigenomics’, International Arabidopsis Conference, Madison, WI.
2011 Co-organizer (with Dr. Rob Martienssen), Workshop on Plant Epigenetics, Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference, San Diego, CA.
Invited Conference Presentations (last 5 years)
2022 CSH Asia Conference Integrative Plant Epigenetics, Awaji, Japan
2021 International Plant Stem Cell Symposium, Nagoya and Nara, Japan [online]
2021 Mid-Atlantic Plant Biology meeting, Keynote speaker [online]
2021 Mid-Atlantic Society of Developmental Biology meeting, Keynote speaker [online]
2020 PLANTAE online seminar series of distinguished speakers
2020 Mid-Atlantic Society of Developmental Biology meeting, Keynote speaker Cancelled due to COVID-19
2020 Mid-Atlantic ASPB Keynote speaker. Cancelled due to COVID-19
2020 Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium, Cambridge UK, Keynote speaker [online]
2020 31rst International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR), Seattle, workshop on
intrinsically disordered proteins. Cancelled due to COVID-19
2019 Utrecht Life Sciences Symposium, Keynote speaker, Utrecht, Netherlands
2019 Developmental Biology Gordon Conference, Mount Holyoke College, MA
2019 Nature Journal Conference “Plants of the Future” New York City, NY
2019 Frontiers in Plant Development, Barcelona, Spain
2019 FASEB “Mechanisms of Plant Development”, Allegheny, NY
2018 12th congress of International Plant Molecular Biology, Montpellier France, May 2018
2018 25th International Conference of Sexual Plant Reproduction (ICSPR), Chubu Japan, June 201
2018 29th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR), Plenary talk, Turku Finland, July 2018 Plant Biology (ASPB), Montreal Canada 2017
2018 Keystone Symposium on Plant Signaling, Lake Tahoe
Invited Seminars and Colloquia (last 5 years)
2022 UNT, Departmental Seminar (online)
2022 UMass Amherst, Departmental Seminar (online)
2021 Yale University, Departmental Seminar (online)
2021 Utrecht University, Departmental seminar (online)
2020 Umea Departmental Seminar, Sweden (cancelled due to Covid)
2020 JIC Departmental Seminar, Norwich United Kingdom
2020 Haverford College, Distinguished Departmental Seminar Speaker
2020 Lausanne University, Departmental Seminar, Lausanne Switzerland
2020 Michigan State University
2019 Purdue University, Departmental seminar
2018 UC Berkeley Departmental seminar
2018 Washington University St. Louis MI, Department of Biology
2018 The Danforth Center St. Louis, MI
2018 Nara Institute, Nara Japan
2018 UC Davis, Genetic Graduate Group Seminar series
2018 University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Biology
Editing and Reviewing (last 5 years)
2020 – current Associate editor Science Advances
2017 – current Editor in chief, Current Opinion in Plant Biology
2013 – 2017 Monitoring Editor, Plant Physiology
2010 – 2019 Associate editor, The Arabidopsis Book
Ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals.
Panelist 12 NSF panels (IOS, MCB, BREAD)