Faculty & Staff

Richard Kesseli, PhD

Professor and Chair of Biology - Comparative Genomics, Molecular Evolution.

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Areas of Expertise

Chairman of Biology, Comparative Genomics, Molecular Evolution

Degrees

PhD, Genetics, University of California, Davis, 1985
BS, Botany, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1975

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Research Experience

  • Chair, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston 2010-present. 
  • Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston 9/02 – present
  • Director, Graduate Programs in Biology, 1995-1998, 2007-2010.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston 7/97 – 9/02
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston 1/92 - 6/97
  • Research Geneticist, Department of Vegetable Crops, U.C. Davis, 1/89 - 12/91
  • Post-doctoral research, Department of Vegetable Crops and Department of Agronomy and Range Science, U.C. Davis, 2/85 - 12/88

Teaching Experience

  • Graduate Level: Invasive Species: Ecology, Evolution and Management (Biol. 648), Population Genetics and Diversity (Biol. 635), Advanced Eukaryotic Genetics (Biol. 677) and Molecular Evolution (Biol. 697).
  • Undergraduate Level: Genetics (Biol.252/254) and occasional guest lectures in courses on genetics, genetic diversity, human genetics in the Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology departments or other venues.

Recent Extramural Grants

  • Genetic bases and ecological significance of plant-microbe interactions in the rhizospere. (PIs R. Kesseli, A. Colon-Carmona, J. Dukes, M. Shiaris). NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, Feb 2009- Jan 2012. $695,545.
  • Comparative Genomics of Phenotypic Variation in the Compositae.  (PIs L. Rieseberg, Indiana University; Richard Michelmore, Univ. of California, Davis; Steve Knapp Univ. of Georgia; Rick Kesseli, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston; Kent Bradford, University of California, Davis; David Still, Calif. State Univ., San Luis Obispo; John Burke, Univ. of Georgia). NSF Plant Genome (DBI 0820451), $8,575,544.  Feb 2009 – Jan. 2013.​

Scientific Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Research, Scholarship and Service, University of Massachusetts 2008.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Research, Scholarship and Service, University of Massachusetts 2000.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Research, Creative and Professional Activity, University of Massachusetts 1997.
  • Faculty Appreciation recognized by students: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006.

Professional Service

  • Member of Site Visit Team National Science Foundation, Science and Technology Centers (9/09).
  • Advisory Board, Boston Harbor Island National Park (03/09- present).
  • Member of Advisory Panel for National Science Foundation, Evolutionary Genetics (4/07).
  • Member of Advisory Panel for National Science Foundation, Evolutionary Genetics (4/05).
  • Member of Joint Executive Office of Environmental Affairs/UMass panel on Agriculture (2003).
  • Member of Review Panel for U. S. Department of Agriculture, Sunflower Research Station, Fargo ND  (6/02).
  • Member of Advisory Panel for National Science Foundation, Population Biology (5/02).
  • Member of Advisory Panel for National Science Foundation, Population Biology (5/00).
  • Member of Advisory Panel for U. S. Department of Agriculture, Plant Genome Research Program (4/00).

External Websites

Lab Webpage 
Composite Genome Project