headshot of Keolu Fox smiling and giving the Hawaiian shaka handsign wearing a baseball hat that reads Hawaiii

Keolu Fox

Kānaka Maoli Collaborator
National Geographic Explorer & Assistant Professor
University of California San Diego

Native Hawaiian geneticist, indigenous rights activist, and National Geographic Explorer Keolu Fox explores the links between human genetic variation and disease in underrepresented populations, and advocates for more inclusive and representative genome sequencing to allow indigenous populations to gather and analyze their own genetic data. He is the first Native Hawaiian to receive a doctorate in genome sciences, and is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, where he is co-founder and co-director of the world’s first Indigenous Futures Institute. Keolu has experience engineering genome sequencing and editing technologies, and a decade of grassroots experience working with indigenous partners to advance precision medicine.


Keolu participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: