W. Kelley Thomas

Phone: (603) 862-2470
Office: Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences, Gregg Hall Rm 409, Durham, NH 03824

Increasing our understanding of the mechanisms of molecular change and developing a critical link between molecular and organismal evolution are key components of my research programs. Current research in my lab focuses on the application of next generation sequencing technologies to understanding the response of organisms to environmental change and patterns of global biodiversity.

Faculty Award Winner

Award Type:  Excellence in Research Award
Year:  2011

Courses Taught

  • BMCB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • BMS 795W: Investigations Biomedical Sci
  • GEN 706: Human Genetics
  • GEN 706/806: Human Genetics
  • GEN 795W: Investigations in Genetics
  • GEN 806: Human Genetics
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/MCBS
  • MCBS 901: Intro to Research in Life Sci
  • MCBS 913: Applied Bioinformatics
  • MCBS 999: Doctoral Research


  • Ph.D., Biology, Simon Fraser University
  • M.S., Biology, Simon Fraser University
  • B.S., Biology, University of Redlands

Research Interests

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Nucleic Acid
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Marine Biology
  • Research Training
  • Systematic Biology

Selected Publications

  • Hurst, S. G., Oshone, R., Ghodhbane-Gtari, F., Morris, K., Abebe-Akele, F., Thomas, W. K., . . . Tisa, L. S. (2014). Draft Genome Sequence of Frankia sp. Strain Thr, a Nitrogen-Fixing Actinobacterium Isolated from the Root Nodules of Casuarina cunninghamiana Grown in Egypt.. Genome Announc, 2(3). doi:10.1128/genomeA.00493-14