Kiersten Utsey

Portrait of Kiersten Utsey

Kiersten Utsey
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Class of: 2014

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Utah. In particular, I am studying applied mathematics with a focus in mathematical biology, and my research involves building and analyzing a mathematical model of DNA methylation dynamics in somatic cells. DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that is crucial for correct cell differentiation and is implicated in the development of many diseases. We hope to use our model to study how methylation patterns become perturbed in cancer cells.