Dori Kenessey

Graduate Student
Dori Kenessey


Status: Ph.D. candidate

Ph.D. dissertation title: Exploring the genotype-phenotype interaction and evolutionary processes involved in dental morphological trait expression

Dori Kenessey is a Ph.D. candidate with an interest in applying dental anthropological methods to answer research questions in biological anthropology and linking underlying genotypes to observable phenotypes. Her dissertation will explore the genetic mechanisms that shape dental morphological trait expression using a targeted gene approach. She currently serves as the Student Liaison to the Executive Committee of the American Association of Biological Anthropologists and she is also the Student Member on the Executive Committee of the Dental Anthropology Association.

Her previous experience includes interning at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, taking part in the Camp Fire recovery efforts in Paradise, California, aiding in forensic casework at the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office, and participating in laboratory analysis of remains from Székelyudvarhely, Romania.

Academic interests

  • Dental anthropology
  • Genotype-phenotype mapping
  • Human variation
  • Pleiotropy

Selected publications

  • Pilloud, M. A., Kenessey, D. E., Vlemincq-Mendieta, T., Scott, G. R., & Philbin, C. S. (2022). Dentabase User Manual (version 1.0). Reno, NV.
  • Kenessey, D. E., Vlemincq-Mendieta, T., Scott, G. R., & Pilloud, M. A. (2021). Population Variation of Dental Crowding Frequency. Manuscript under review.


  • B.A., anthropology and psychology, New York University, 2018