Kelli received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2009. Subsequently, she began a postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Nephrology with funding from a NIDDK Training Grant (T32), under the direction of Dr. P. Darwin Bell. As a post-doctoral scholar, Kelli became interested in examining the pathogenesis of polycystic kidney disease and understanding the influences of diabetes on disease progression.
In 2012, Kelli joined the laboratory of Dr. Sub Pennathur at the University of Michigan to gain training in metabolomics. Since joining the lab, she has worked to understand nutrient utilization in the diabetic kidney. In 2014, Kelli was selected to receive a competitive two-year PTSP award as the metabolomics scholar through the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (http://www.michr.umich.edu/education/postdoctoral/ptsp).
Kelli’s primary research interest is in understanding nutrient utilization and metabolic flux in diabetic microvascular disease-prone tissues, such as the kidney. The hope for this work is to better understand disease progression and to provide new targets for disease prevention and treatment.