Kerry Geiler-Samerotte

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte

Associate Faculty, Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution
Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences


Kerry Geiler-Samerotte is an evolutionary cell biologist and assistant professor in the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution and School of Life Sciences.

Geiler-Samerotte and her research team investigate how basic features of cells constrain or influence the way cells can evolve. The lab quantifies the impact of mutations on cell physiology and growth across fine environmental gradients. A major goal is to understand and predict when and why the impacts of a mutation change across contexts. Research in the Geiler-Samerotte lab combines high-throughput, high-precision laboratory experiments in yeast with computational and mathematical approaches.

Professor Geiler-Samerotte earned a BS from Cornell University in 2004 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, advised by Rick Harrison. She earned her PhD from Harvard University in 2011 in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, co-advised by Daniel Hartl and D. Allan Drummond. Her postdoctoral work was completed with Mark Siegal (New York University) and Dmitri Petrov (Stanford University).