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Kathleen Kelly, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology

Kelly Lab

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
T4 008C Veterinary Research Tower, Box 11

Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

Office: 607-253-3383
Fax: 607-253-4447

Research Interest

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


  • BS, Biology, Towson University, 1999
  • DVM, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2003
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Viral Pathogenesis, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Residency, Comparative Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, 2008-2011
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Pathobiology), Johns Hopkins University, 2012
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Viral Pathogenesis, Johns Hopkins University, 2012-2013

Biography/Professional Experience


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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Awards and Honors


Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Anatomic Pathology (2012)