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J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD
Giles G. Bole, M.D. and Dorothy Mulkey, M.D. Research Professor of Rheumatology / Associate Professor in of Rheumatology
University of Michigan Medical School
PhD, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Case Western Reserve University
MD, Case Western Reserve University
BS, Biology, Denison University
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Mailing Address:
Ann Arbor , MI

Research Interests

Dr. Kahlenberg is interested in understanding how the innate immune system, specifically the inflammasome, impacts the development of autoimmune diseases and their subsequent complications. Currently, she is investigating how the inflammasome contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease in lupus and will be extending her studies to look at lupus nephritis.

Her R01-funded research laboratory combines translational approaches using patient samples and murine models to uncover the mechanisms that drive lupus and lupus flares. In particular, she is focused on unraveling the pathogenic mechanisms in cutaneous lupus, the factors that drive photosensitivity, and how skin inflammation can influence systemic lupus activity.


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