UMass Boston

Christina Kelliher

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Circadian Rhythms, Fungal Genomics, Transcriptomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology


PhD, Duke University, Program in Genetics & Genomics (2017)
BS, Gettysburg College, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (2011)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Research Interests

The Kelliher Lab is investigating the circadian clock, the biological process that most organisms on planet Earth use to tell time. The circadian clock allows an organism to optimally align behavior with the 24-hour light/dark cycle. In our research, we use the fungal model organism Neurospora crassa as well as genetic, genomic, biochemical, and computational tools. The lab is currently pursuing mechanisms of cross-talk between the circadian clock and the nutrient environment and also pursuing gene regulatory mechanisms of a key circadian kinase. Please visit our lab website ( for full details about our work and for research opportunities in the Kelliher Lab.


  • 2018 – 2022: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32GM128252)
  • 2022: Society for Research on Biological Rhythms (SRBR) Merit Award
  • 2021: Neurospora Perkins Award