Kelly Bakulski, Ph.D.

Kelly Bakulski, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
School of Public Health
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor MI 48109-2029
Gene-Environment Interaction in ALS

Examining how genetics and environmental exposures contribute to risk factors for neurological disorders

Dr. Bakulski is interested in understanding the combined genetic and environmental etiology of neurological disorders throughout the course of life. She has worked on mental health issues, such as autism spectrum disorder, substance abuse, ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bakulski has experience with heavy metals exposure assessment, particularly biomarkers of cumulative lead exposure.


  • BA, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Colby College, 2007
  • BA, Environmental Science, Colby College, 2007
  • PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Genetic Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Nomination, Golden Apple Award, University of Michigan, 2019
  • Excellence in Teaching, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 2019
  • Extramural Paper of the Month, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 2018
  • Early Stage Investigator Poster Award, P30 Center Meeting, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, 2018
  • Innovations in Teaching, School of Public Health Instructional Services, University of Michigan, 2017, 2018
  • Taubman Scientist, A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, University of Michigan, 2017, 2018
  • Butler-Williams Scholar, National Institutes of Aging, 2017
  • Travel Award, Environmental Defense Fund, 2015
  • Travel Award, International Society of Autism Research, 2015
  • Travel Award, Environmental Epidemiology of Autism Research Network, 2014, 2015
  • Poster Session Award, Maryland Genetics Meeting, 2014
  • Epidemiology Department Travel Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2013