Zena Lapp

Zena Lapp

Ph.D. Program
Postdoctoral Associate
Duke Global Health Institute


  • Evan Snitkin

Dissertation Title 

Genomic insights into carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae transmission and adaptation in the healthcare environment

Research Interests

Zena studied the transmission network of Kelbsiella pneumonia in a network of hospitals. Using whole-genome sequences of isolates from infected patients, she used ML and Baysian methods to construct phylogenetic trees, perform ancestral reconstruction, and generate putative transmission networks. I also studied the evolution of antibiotic resistance in these isolates. An overarching goal of the lab is to learn how to more effectively control the spread of healthcare infections.