Kelli Sullivan

Kelli A. Sullivan, PhD

Associate Research Scientist, Neurology
Lecturer IV, Anatomical Sciences


Kelli A. Sullivan, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the Division of Anatomical Sciences, Department of Surgery and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Sullivan received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky and completed a first postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Sullivan joined the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow in 1993. Her research focused on diabetic neuropathy (DN) including the effects of excess glucose on neuronal oxidative stress, the effects of diabetes on growth factor production within peripheral nerves and the effect of diabetes on small myelinated and unmyelinated axons within human sural nerves. She directed the Morphology Core for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Center for the Study of Complications in Diabetes. Dr. Sullivan is also interested in the developmental expression of IGF-I in the spinal cord and its application to traumatic spinal cord injury. She has authored or co-authored 39 research articles and three book chapters on development and disease models in the nervous system.

In 2006, she began teaching part-time in the Medical School at the University of Michigan. In 2011, she began teaching full time and became a member of the Division of Anatomical Sciences within the Department of Surgery. She is involved in team teaching of Medical Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy, Undergraduate Gross Anatomy and Graduate Neuroanatomy.

Areas of Interest

Research and Scholarly Interests:

Diabetic Neuropathy, Neural Development, Insulin-like Growth Factor I, Spinal Cord Injury

Subject-Matter Expertise:

Human Gross Anatomy, Human Neuroanatomy