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Kelsey is from Lakewood, Colorado, just west of Denver.  She moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark College, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  As an undergrad, she worked in Dr. Deborah Lycan’s lab, completing her honors thesis studying ribosome biogenesis in yeast.


After college, Kelsey worked as a research assistant in Dr. Scott Wong’s lab at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, studying the viral pathogenesis of both Monkeypox and Rhesus rhadinovirus (RRV), a model for the human pathogen Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV).


Kelsey then returned to the mountains and is now a graduate student in the Molecular Biology Program here at the University of Utah. When not in the lab, Kelsey enjoys a multitude of outdoor activities, including snowboarding, lacrosse, hiking, bouldering, and backpacking.



Kelsey Rogers Cone


Grad Student

Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant