Rachel Keener

UPGG Graduate Student
Ko Lab
0048B CARL Building
Box 3053
Durham, N.C. 27710
Phone: 919.684.3854



Research Interest: I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Genetics in 2019. While there, I researched sexual phenotype changes that occur in Wolbachia infected sister species of fruit flies and speciation. Now that Iā€™m in the Ko lab, I study the genetics of Yersinia pestis infection and the natural selection this pathogen may have caused in humans. I am broadly interested in genetics, infectious disease, and host-pathogen evolution!

Personal Interests: I love movies, hiking, and crafting. When I have free time, catch me exploring local restaurants and breweries!