Jeana Drake

postdoctoral researcher

Associate member of the Treude Laboratory
Official member of the David Jacobs Laboratory:

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Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
Geology 3867


Ph.D. Oceanography (2015)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

M.S. Biology (2008)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

B.S. Marine Science and Biology (2002)
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL


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Drake, J.L., A. Malik, Y. Popovits, O. Yosef, E. Shemesh, D. Aharonovich, D. Tchernov, D. Sher, T. Mass. In review. High-resolution intra-colony variability and division of labor: a combined physiological and molecular approach for Stylophora pistillata.

Drake, J.L., M. Guillermic, R.A. Eagle, D.K. Jacobs. In review. Fossil corals with various degrees of preservation retain information about biomineralization-related organic matter.

Thompson, C.L., M. Alberti, S. Barve, F.U. Battistuzzi, J.L. Drake, et al. In review. Back to the future: Reintegrating biology to understand how past eco-evolutionary change can predict future outcomes.

Mummadisetti, M., J.L. Drake, P.G. Falkowski. 2021. The spatial network of skeletal proteins in a stony coral. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 18(175), 20200859.

+Zaquin, T., A. Malik, J.L. Drake, T. Mass. 2021. Adaptive evolution and protein-mediated biomineralization in stony corals. Frontiers in Genetics, 12, 52.

Drake, J.L., J. Whitelegge, D. Jacobs. 2020. First sequencing of ancient coral skeletal proteins. Scientific Reports. 10(1): 1-11.

+Peled, Y., J.L. Drake, M. Lalzar, D. Morgenstern, R. Almuly, T. Mass. 2020. Expanded skeletal proteome of the scleractinian coral Stylophora pistillata using a multiple methods approach. BMC Genomics.

Drake, J.L., T. Mass, J. Stolarski, van de Schootbrugge, B., S. Von Euw, P.G. Falkowski. 2020. How corals made rocks through the ages. Global Change Biology. 26.1: 31-53.

Mass, T., J.L. Drake, J. Heddleston, P.G. Falkowski. Nanoscale visualization of biomineral formation in coral proto-polyps. 2017. Current Biology.  27.20: 3191-3196.

Drake, J.L., M.F. Schaller, T. Mass, +A. Fu, Y. Rosenthal, R. Sherrell, P.G. Falkowski. 2017. Molecular and geochemical perspectives on the influence of CO2 on calcification in coral cell cultures. Limnology and Oceanography. 63(1): 107-121. DOI: 10.1002/lno.10617.

Mass, T., H. Putnam, J.L. Drake, D. Bhattacharya, R. Gates, P.G. Falkowski. 2016. Temporal and spatial expression pattern of biomineralization proteins during early development in the stony coral Pocillopora damicornis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283(1829): 20160322.

Bhattacharya, D., S. Agrawal, M. Aranda, S. Baumgarten, M. Belcaid, J.L. Drake, et al. 2016. Comparative genomics explains the evolutionary success of reef-forming corals. eLife 5: e13288.

Mass, T., J.L. Drake, E.C. Peters, W. Jiang, P.G. Falkowski. 2014. Immunolocalization of skeletal matrix proteins in tissue and mineral of the coral Stylophora pistillata. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(35): 12728-12733.

Drake, J.L., T. Mass, P.G. Falkowski. 2014. The evolution and future of carbonate precipitation in marine invertebrates. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 2(1): 000026.

Mass, T., J.L. Drake, L. Haramaty, J.D. Kim, E. Zelzion, D. Bhattacharya, P.G. Falkowski. 2013. Cloning and characterization of four novel coral acid-rich proteins that precipitate carbonates in vitro. Current Biology 23(12): 1126-1131.

Drake, J.L., T. Mass, L. Haramaty, E. Zelzion, D. Bhattacharya, P.G. Falkowski. 2013. Proteomic analysis of skeletal organic matrix from the stony coral Stylophora pistillata.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(10): 3788-3793.

Mass, T., J.L. Drake, L. Haramaty, Y. Rosenthal, O.M.E. Schofield, R. Sherrell, P.G. Falkowski. 2012. Aragonite precipitation by ‘proto-polyps’ in coral cell cultures. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35049.

Hitchcock, G.L., J.W. Fourqurean, J.L. Drake, R.N. Mead, C.A. Heil. 2012. Brevetoxin persistence in sediments and seagrass epiphytes of east Florida coastal waters. Harmful Algae 13: 89-94.

Drake, J.L., E.J. Carpenter, M. Cousins. K.L. Nelson, A. Guido-Zarate, K.A. Loftin. 2010. Phytoplankton succession and dynamics in a tropical eutrophic coastal lagoon. Hydrobiologia 65(1): 177-192.

Cousins, M., M. Stacey, J.L. Drake. 2010. Effects of seasonal stratification on turbulent mixing in a hypereutrophic coastal lagoon. Limnology and Oceanography 55(1): 172-186.

 Postdoctoral Research Project Description

I am currently a Zuckerman STEM postdoctoral fellow at the University of Haifa as well as a Project Scientist at UCLA. I study the molecular mechanisms of biomineralization by marine organisms with most of my focus on stony corals. My research uses both modern and fossil specimens, from which I extract proteins for LC-MS/MS sequencing and computational analysis. My previous NSF postdoctoral fellowship research produced the oldest invertebrate skeletal proteome to date, sequencing six proteins from a Pleistocene coral from Florida. My current research includes modern and fossil fish otolith (ear bone) proteomics and microgeochemistry, stony coral early life stage transcriptomics and proteomics, and subcellular localization of skeletal proteins.