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Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Katie Kelly










Dr. Kathleen (Katie) Kelly

Contact Information

     Lab Website:  Kelly Lab

      T4-008C Veterinary Research Tower
      Phone: 607-253-3383

Research Interests:

My laboratory is focused on studying the mechanisms of cardiac dysfunction induced by inflammatory mediators in models of human and companion animal diseases.  

 Education & Training:

B.S. in Biology from Towson University (1999)
DVM from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2003)
Postdoctoral fellowship in Viral Pathogenesis at Johns Hopkins University
    School of Medicine (2008)
Residency in Comparative Pathology at Johns Hopkins University (2008-2011)
Doctor of Philosophy (Pathobiology) from Johns Hopkins University (2012)
Postdoctoral fellowship in Viral Pathogenesis at Johns Hopkins University (2012-2013)

 Board Certification:

American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Anatomic Pathology (2012)


I joined the faculty in the Section of Anatomic Pathology as an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in fall of 2013.  My primary research interests are directed at studying the cardiac effects of the inflammatory milieu that accompanies many chronic diseases on cardiac function. Cardiomyocytes have been shown to express a wide variety of cytokine & chemokine receptors; however, the signaling pathways and targets involved have not been defined. We will use a wide variety of tools to understand the changes in cardiac function that occur with both acute and chronic inflammation. The ultimate goal is to develop cardioprotective interventions to preserve cardiac function


I am excited find a home at Cornell to teach and mentor professional and graduate students and pathology residents, and to advance our understanding of diseases via research efforts and diagnostic service. I also hope to contribute to the cardiac and cardiovascular pathology expertise of the Anatomic Pathology Section. I have a strong interest in training veterinary students, pathology residents, and graduate students with an emphasis on comparative pathology.

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