Faculty Profile

Kelly M. Bakulski, PhD

Kelly M. Bakulski, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
  • M5511 SPH II
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

Kelly M. Bakulski, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Data Management and Statistical Core Leader for the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She is a molecular epidemiologist and an environmental health scientist.
Dr. Bakulski’s research team goal is to understand the environmental chemical and genetic etiologies of neurological disorders. She has particular expertise in life course heavy metals exposure testing with dementia and in analyses across multiple levels of the genome, including the epigenome and the transcriptome. Dr. Bakulski’s research incorporates population approaches and laboratory experiments to develop biomarker and cell type tools informing molecular epidemiology inferences.

Postdoctoral fellowship. Genetic Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 2015
PhD Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, 2012
B.A. Environmental Science, Colby College, 2007
B.A. Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Colby College, 2007

Identifying environmental, genetic, and epigenetic risk factors for neurological disease.


  • Bakulski K M, Dou JF, Thompson RT, Lee C, Middleton LY, Bambarendage PUP, Ferris SP, Jones TR, Neier K, Zhou X, Sartor MA, Hammoud SS, Dolinoy DC, Colacino JA. 2020. Single cell analysis of the effects of developmental lead (Pb) exposure on the mouse hippocampus. Toxicological Sciences. PMID: 32458983. PMCID: PMC7416319
  • Bakulski KM, Dou JF, Feinberg JI, Brieger KK, Croen LA, Hertz-Picciotto I, Newschaffer CJ, Schmidt RJ, Fallin MD. 2020. Prenatal multivitamin use and MTHFR genotype are associated with newborn cord blood DNA methylation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. PMID: 33317014. PMCID: PMC7764679
  • Bakulski KM, Vadari HS, Faul JD, Heeringa SG, Kardia SLR, Langa KM, Smith JA, Manly JJ, Mitchell CM, Benke KS, Ware EB. 2021. Cumulative genetic risk and APOE-ε4 are independently associated with dementia status in a multi-ethnic, population-based cohort. Neurology Genetics. PMID: 33688582. PMCID: PMC7938646
  • Ware EB*, Morataya C*, Fu MBakulski KM. 2021. Type 2 diabetes and dementia in the Health and Retirement Study: A Mendelian randomization approach. Frontiers in Genetics. PMID: 33868373.  PMCID: PMC8044888
  • Middleton LYM, Dou JF, Fisher J, Heiss JA, Nguyen V, Just AC, Faul JD, Ware EB, Mitchell C, Colacino JA, Bakulski KM. 2021. Saliva cell type DNA methylation reference panel for epidemiology studies in children. Epigenetics. PMID: 33588693, doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/ 15592294.2021.1890874

Environmental Health Perspectives editorial review board
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease associate editor