Kelly N. DuBois, PhD

Kelly N. DuBois, PhD
  • Research Assistant, PostDoc
  • Kanaan Lab
  • Department of Translational Neuroscience
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Grand Rapids Research Center
  • 400 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Dr. DuBois joined the Department of Translational Neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow in the summer of 2021. She graduated with a B.S. in Biotechnology from Calvin University, after which she completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science at the University of California, San Francisco. She then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pathology at Cambridge University in the UK, where she studied molecular parasitology. Her current research aims to develop blood-based assays for the detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other tauopathies.


Institution Field of Study Degree Earned Year
Calvin University Biotechnology B.S. 2002
University of California, San Francisco Biomedical Science Ph.D. 2007
Cambridge University Molecular Parasitology Fellow 2008-2011

Research Interests

Dr. DuBois is working to develop novel assays to detect pathological forms of tau in blood samples, with the goal of detecting Alzheimer’s Disease and other tauopathies. She also wants to better understand the normal function of the tau protein and how pathological forms of tau may disrupt its normal function, leading to disease.

Technical Expertise

  • Cell culture
  • Microscopy (confocal, bright field)
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Cloning
  • Western blotting
  • Gene expression analysis
  • Protein biochemistry