Erica Behling-Kelly, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Erica Behling-Kelly

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Associate Professor


Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3018

Research Interest

Research interests: Lipoproteins as markers and modulators of disease in domestic species, vascular biology, hemostasis and thrombosis, molecular determinants of aggressive biological behavior in neoplastic cells.

As a clinical pathologist, I am interested in advancing our understanding of disease processes as well as improving our ability to diagnose disease. My laboratory currently focuses on determining the pathogenic potential and diagnostic utility of serum lipoproteins in domestic species. In two of our on-going projects, we are investigating lipoproteins in the dog, relative to their ability to promote thrombosis in hyperlipidemic diseases (such as hyperadrencorticism) and the progression of renal disease. Another project is underway investigating changes in lipoproteins during various life-stages in dairy cows. We are also investigating the role of the erythrocyte and hemolysis in promoting thrombosis in the dog.


  • PhD, 2002-2006 Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • DVM, 1998-2002 School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia
  • BS, 1994-1997 Biology, University of Illinois; Urbana-Champaign

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 2008-2011 Resident, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2007-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Vascular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • 2011-present Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University


  • Acute myeloblastic leukemia with associated BCR-ABL translocation in a dog. Figueiredo JF, Culver S, Behling-Kelly E, Breen M, Friedrichs KR.Vet Clin Pathol. 2012 Sep;41(3):362-8
  • Neoplastic pleocytosis in a dog with metastatic mammary carcinoma and meningeal carcinomatosis. Behling-Kelly E, Petersen S, Muthuswamy A, Webb JL, Young KM. Vet Clin Pathol. 2010 Jun;39(2):247-52
  • Can vaccination for common respiratory viruses decrease the incidence of venous thromboembolism? Behling-Kelly E. Thromb Haemost. 2009 Dec;102(6):1009-10
  • Haemophilus somnus activation of brain endothelial cells: potential role for local cytokine production and thrombosis in central nervous system (CNS) infection. Behling-Kelly E, Kim KS, Czuprynski CJ. Thromb Haemost. 2007 Oct;98(4):823-30
  • Endothelial cells as active participants in veterinary infections and inflammatory disorders. Behling-Kelly E, Czuprynski CJ. Anim Health Res Rev. 2007 Jun;8(1):47-58
  • Viable Haemophilus somnus induces myosin light-chain kinase-dependent decrease in brain endothelial cell monolayer resistance. Behling-Kelly E, McClenahan D, Kim KS, Czuprynski CJ. Infect Immun. 2007 Sep;75(9):4572-81
  • Roles of cellular activation and sulfated glycans in Haemophilus somnus adherence to bovine brain microvascular endothelial cells. Behling-Kelly E, Vonderheid H, Kim KS, Corbeil LB, Czuprynski CJ. Infect Immun. 2006 Sep;74(9):5311-8
  • Complexities of the pathogenesis of Mannheimia haemolytica and Haemophilus somnus infections: challenges and potential opportunities for prevention? Czuprynski CJ, Leite F, Sylte M, Kuckleburg C, Schultz R, Inzana T, Behling-Kelly E, Corbeil L. Anim Health Res Rev. 2004 Dec;5(2):277-829.
  • Localization of astrovirus in experimentally infected turkeys as determined by in situ hybridization. Behling-Kelly E, Schultz-Cherry S, Koci M, Kelley L, Larsen D, Brown C. Vet Pathol. 2002 Sep;39(5):595-8

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 Charles Davis Foundation Scholarship in Veterinary Pathology
  • 2010 American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) Travel Grant
  • 2008 Share the Future Research Grant Award, ASVCP
  • 2005 American Society of Microbiology, Travel Award and Best Poster Award
  • 2004 American Society of Clinical Investigators, Young Investigator Travel Award
  • 2002 Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society
  • 2001 American Association of Women Veterinarians Scholarship
  • 2001 John Salsbury Scholarship, University of Georgia
  • 1999 Molecular Biology Prize, Cornell Leadership Program

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis
  • American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Diplomat 2011