Kelly Hughes

Headshot of Kelly HughesMGM Graduate Student (2013)
Klotman Lab
3063 MSRB II
Durham, N.C. 27710
Phone: 919.684.6959


Research Interests: Human disease

I grew up outside Albany, NY and studied biology at Cornell for my undergraduate degree. 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.

At Duke, I’ve joined the lab of Dr. Mary Klotman where I’m studying HIV transfer between cell types in the kidney.

Outside of the lab, you can usually find me playing soccer or reading a book.