Rachel J. O'Neill
Rachel J. O'Neill
Professor and Director of the UConn Institute for Systems Genomics, Institute of Systems Genomics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics and Genome Sciences, UConn
Elected to the Academy in 2020


University of Texas at Austin, 1992, BA, Zoology; La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), 1997, PhD, Genetics and Human Variation

Professional Area

Centromere structure and function; RNA biology; mammalian and marsupial evolution; genomics.


For pioneering contributions to the field of mammalian genomics; Her work has provided key insights into the structure and function of the centromere, including the discovery of novel centromeric RNA species, and the evolution of mammalian species, in particular marsupials.