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Kelly Hughes
Graduate Student

1087 MSRB II
Box 103035 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919.684.6413
Fax: TBD

Kelly Hughes

Research Interests: Human disease

I grew up outside Albany, NY and studied biology at Cornell for my undergraduate degree. While there, I worked in a parasitology lab where I studied the use of acids to inactivate parasite eggs.  Towards the end of my undergraduate studies, I developed a particular interest in human pathogens and have since worked in various labs pursuing that end. After graduation, I worked at the Wadsworth Center as an Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellow, studying pathogens relevant to public health. I then moved on to an immunology lab to research disease from the host perspective, and spent a year studying B-cell signaling. After that, I finally escaped upstate NY and moved out to Boston where I studied epigenetic gene regulation and chromatin remodeling.

Now that I’m at Duke, I’ve joined the lab of Dr. Bruce Sullenger, where I’m studying specific polymers and aptamers for their ability to be applied to human disease.

Outside of the lab, you can usually find me playing soccer or reading a book. Or dancing, visiting friends, concocting novel DIY crafting projects, attempting to cook, enjoying the outdoors, or unnerving fellow classmates with my pet tarantulas.


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