Neil Kelly

BS in Biology, Mathematics, MIT, 2007
PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Academic Status
Year in Program: MS 4
Graduate Program: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Thesis Advisor: Steven Shapiro, MD
Thesis Title/Research Topic: Vascular remodeling in pulmonary hypertension
Current Research Description: Alterations in body weight due to cigarette smoking

Undergraduate Honors:

Graduate Honors: ATS Abstract Award (2015, Assembly on Pulmonary Circulation)

Student Committee Participation
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Grant Support

Tsuji T, Kelly NJ, Takahashi S, Leme AS, Houghton AM, Shapiro SD. Macrophage Elastase Suppresses White Adipose Tissue Expansion with Cigarette Smoking. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2014 Dec;51(6):822-9. doi: 10.1165/rcmb.2014-0083OC. PMC4291548.

Kelly NJ, Shapiro SD. PPARγ in emphysema: blunts the damage and triggers repair? J Clin Invest. 2014 Mar 3;124(3):978-80. doi: 10.1172/JCI74417. Epub 2014 Feb 24. PubMed PMID: 24569365; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3938275.

Personal Statement
studied math and biology at MIT. As my interest in biology matured, I began to work in a cardiovascular (basic science) lab at Brigham & Women's Hospital and a computational biology at the Broad Institute; I continued to work at the former for two years after my graduation from college. Currently, my research is focused on RNA structure and function, a field that lies at the intersection of basic science and computational biology. The strength of Pitt and CMU in both of these fields was a key factor in my decision to join their MSTP. There were, of course, a few other big factors that led me to Pittsburgh. First among them was the fact that they actually accepted me! Also, knowing that I'll be in my early 30's by the time I graduate, I realized that the stipend and cost-of-living will allow me to do the "other" things that I want do during my graduate years. Finally, the administration of this program is really outstanding; it's easy to tell that they are extremely experienced, well-organized, and will do everything in their power to help their students become successful physician-scientists. Since coming to Pittsburgh, I've been able to continue doing things that I've always loved, like skiing and hanging out with great friends, as well as things that I've never had the opportunity to do in the past, like cheering for awesome Division I teams along with 60,000+ screaming fans.