W. Kelley Thomas

Faculty Fellow and Scholarly Coach, Research and Engagement Academy
Hubbard Endowed Chair and Director, Hubbard Center for Genome Studies
Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences


Kelley Thomas, Ph.D. is a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost Engagement and Faculty Development. As a Hubbard Endowed Chair and Professor, Dr. Thomas directs the University of New Hampshire’s Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, a leader in comparative and environmental genomics with a special emphasis on novel model species. He is also a Professor of the Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences Department. Dr. Thomas is interested in using molecules to understand the relationships among organisms and between organisms and their environment. Increasing our understanding of the mechanisms of molecular change and developing a critical link between molecular and organismal evolution is a key component to his research programs. Current research in his lab also focuses on the response of organisms to environmental change and genome evolution using various DNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics. After receiving his B.S. from University of Redlands (CA), Dr. Thomas was awarded his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from Simon Fraser University (B.C. Canada). In 2011 he received the, Excellence in Reseach Award. In 2014, Dr. Thomas was elected Fellow of the Society of Nematologists.


Scholarly Agenda

  • Investigating the mechanisms, rates and patterns of molecular evolutionary processes
  • Investigating biodiversity and the interaction of that biodiversity with the environment
  • Maintaining and enhancing the instrumentation of the DNA Core facility and developing bioinformatics tools and pipelines for the analysis of high throughput sequencing data
  • Developing bioinformatics modules for workshops and curricula

Funding Sources

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

External Partners

  • Great Bay Community College
  • Dartmouth University
  • Indiana University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • ZS Genetics, Inc.
  • Harte Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A & M, Corpus Christi

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