Florida International University

Kelsey Yetsko, Ph.D. Student, FIU Presidential Fellow

I completed my B.A. in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston, and M.S. in Biology at the University of North Florida, where I studied the genetic mechanisms underlying temperature tolerance of a threatened coral in the Florida Keys. After graduating from my M.S. in 2018, I worked with the Sea Turtle Hospital at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory, where I specialized in bioinformatic analyses of tumor samples from green sea turtle patients in order to better understand the cancerous disease, fibropapillomatosis. I am looking forward to joining the EELab as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2020, where I will be studying the mechanisms underlying how epigenetic states are encoded in corals, and how this influences their environmental responses.
Research Fields
  • Epigenetics
  • Omics
  • Cnidarian Biology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Symbiosis
  • Global Change
  • Adaptation