Kelsey Stark

PIBS Graduate Student


Kelsey is a first-year rotating PIBS graduate student from Nebraska. She graduated with a B.S from Doane University in 2014 where she began her research career looking into the cancer stem cell theory and metastasis of prostate cancer. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Michigan earning a M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology. For her master's thesis, Kelsey studied host-microbiome interactions and the mucosal immune response during food allergic events.

In addition to her studies, Kelsey has worked as a technician at Neogen Genomics, one of the largest agricultural sequencing companies in the world, and studied language and culture in Spain and France.

Research Interests

Kelsey is interested in the intersection of host immunology, the microbiome and disease. In particular, she is interested in allergies and the microbiome's effects on health and disease.


Dr. David H. Smith Memorial Research Award 2014
Robert D. Muckel Tri Beta Biological Excellence Award 2013


Hallworth R, Stark K, Zholudeva L, Currall BB, Nichols MG. The conserved tetrameric subunit stoichiometry of Slc26 proteins. Microsc Microanal. 2013 Aug;19(4):799-807. doi: 10.1017/S1431927613000457. Epub 2013 May 3. PMID: 23642772; PMCID: PMC3767988.

Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

Kelsey enjoys any type of outdoor activity especially hiking, camping, fishing, and snowboarding. She also loves spending time with friends and family, yoga, soccer and trying new things.