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Jane Kenney-Hunt

Jane Kenney-Hunt

Assistant Professor Biology
 CSC 218
  • Biology and Environmental Science


Courses Taught
  • Biodiversity (majors' introductory organismal biology) - BIO 124/125
  • Bioprocesses (majors' introductory molecular biology/genetics) - BIO 114/115
  • Genetics (with lab) - BIO 301
  • Vertebrate Biology (with lab) - BIO 322
  • Developmental Biology (with lab) - BIO 372
  • Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar - HON 150
  • Westminster Seminar - WSM 101
Research Interests
  • Quantitative genetics of skeletal traits
  • Gene-by-environment interactions
  • Sex, diet, and genetic effects on bone biomechanical traits


Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
B.S. Alma College, Alma, Michigan


Dr. Kenney-Hunt has co-authored over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals, many with undergraduates. Before coming to Westminster College, Dr. Kenney-Hunt performed postdoctoral research at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis and the University of South Carolina.

Selected publications

  • Kenney-Hunt, J., 2015. The complex relationship between nature and nurture. In Re-Vision: A New Look at the Relationship between Science and Religion, C. Cain, ed. University Press of America.
  • Pasricha, S., J. Kenney-Hunt, K. Anderson, N. Jafari, R.A. Hall, F. Lammert, J. Cheverud, and R.M. Green. 2015. Identification of eQTLs for hepatic Xpb1s and Socs3 gene expression in mice fed a high-fat, high caloric diet. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 5: 487-96
  • Kenney-Hunt, J., A. Lewandowski, T.C. Glenn, J.L. Glenn, O.V. Tsyusko, R.J. O'Neill, J. Brown, C.M. Ramsdell, Q. Nguyen, T. Phan, K.R. Shorter, M.J. Dewey, G. Szalai, P.B. Vrana, M.R. Felder. 2014. A genetic map of Peromyscus with chromosomal assignment of linkage groups (a Peromyscus genetics map). Mammalian Genome 25: 160-179
  • Minkina, O., J.M. Cheverud, G. Fawcett, C.F. Semenkovich, and J.P. Kenney-Hunt. 2012. Quantitative trait loci affecting liver fat content in mice. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 2: 1019-25.
  • Carson, E.A., J.P. Kenney-Hunt, M. Pavlicev, K.A. Bouckaert, A.J. Chinn, M.J. Silva, and J.M. Cheverud. 2012. Weak genetic relationship between trabecular bone morphology and obesity in mice. Bone 51:46-53.
  • Kenney-Hunt, JP, and JM Cheverud. 2009. Differential dominance of pleiotropic loci for mouse skeletal traits. Evolution 63:1845-1851.
  • Kenney-Hunt, J.P., B. Wang, E.A. Norgard, G. Fawcett, D. Falk, L.S. Pletscher, J.P. Jarvis, C. Roseman, J.B. Wolf, and J.M. Cheverud. 2008. Pleiotropic patterns of quantitative trait loci for seventy murine skeletal traits. Genetics 178:2275-2288.
  • Wagner, G.P., J.P. Kenney-Hunt, M. Pavlicev, J.R. Peck, D. Waxman, and J.M. Cheverud. 2008. Pleiotropic scaling of gene effects and the "cost of complexity." Nature 452:470-473.
  • Kenney-Hunt, J.P., T.T. Vaughn, L.S. Pletscher, A. Peripato, E. Routman, K. Cothran, D. Durand, E.A. Norgard, C. Perel, and J.M. Cheverud. 2006. Quantitative trait loci for body size components in mice. Mammalian Genome 17:526-537.

Selected student research projects

Kling, J. Eclosion site preference in species of 13-year periodic cicadas. Undergraduate Scholars Forum, Westminster College, April 2012 & 2013. Poster.

Alleyne, D. Quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis of limb traits in mice. Undergraduate Scholars Forum, Westminster College, April 2013. Poster.

Personal information

When not at work, Dr. Kenney-Hunt can frequently be found enjoying campus athletic and arts events or relaxing with her husband and two cats.

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