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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Kelsey Cone

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Kelsey Cone works in Dr. Nels Elde’s lab at the University of Utah where she investigates host-pathogen evolution. Specifically, she studies how poxviruses adapt to host immune defenses, uncovering new aspects of poxvirus biology and genome evolution. Her work combines molecular biology, genetics, and evolution to understand how viruses function and evolve.
Kelsey loves backpacking, snowboarding, and hiking with her friends and her dog. She also enjoys travel, puzzles, and board games.