Santangelo Research Team

The mission of the Kelly Santangelo research team is to enhance healthspan throughout lifespan by aiding and abetting functional, independent, and/or pain-free mobility.

The Santangelo research team is a part of the:

research project

Translational Research

Enhance healthspan throughout lifespan by aiding and abetting functional, independent, and/or pain-free mobility.

research project

Clinical Research

Improve the diagnostic quality (accuracy, sensitivity, specificity and positive/negative predictive values) of antemortem testing for feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), while maintaining low cost, minimally invasive and clinically applicable qualities.


Treatment with PB125® Increases Femoral Long Bone Strength in 15-Month-Old Female Hartley Guinea Pigs.
Andrie KM, Palmer DR, Wahl O, Bork S, Campbell M, Walsh MA, Sanford J, Musci RV, Hamilton KL, Santangelo KS, Puttlitz CM. Ann Biomed Eng. 2023 Dec 3. doi: 10.1007/s10439-023-03415-7. Online ahead of print. PMID: 38044413

TLR4 antagonism provides short-term but not long-term clinical benefit in a full-depth cartilage defect mouse model.
Timkovich AE, Holling GA, Afzali MF, Kisiday J, Santangelo KS. Connect Tissue Res. 2023 Oct 29:1-15. doi: 10.1080/03008207.2023.2269257. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37898909

Erythrocyte removal from bone marrow aspirate concentrate improves efficacy as intra-articular cellular therapy in a rodent osteoarthritis model.
Pezzanite LM, Timkovich AE, Sikes KJ, Chow L, Hendrickson DA, Becker JR, Webster A, Santangelo KS, Dow S.Ann Transl Med. 2023 Jun 30;11(9):311. doi: 10.21037/atm-22-4256. Epub 2023 May 25. PMID: 37404993

Optimization of overhead enclosure monitoring in juvenile male Dunkin Hartley guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus).
Helbling JE, Spittler AP, Sadar MJ, Santangelo KS. Lab Anim. 2023 Apr 18:236772231165810. doi: 10.1177/00236772231165810. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37070354

Fast, non-eccentrically loaded exercise worsens tendinopathic healing responses in a murine model.
Johnson SA, Sikes KJ, Thampi P, McConnell A, Coghlan R, Johnstone B, Santangelo KS, Frisbie DD.Am J Vet Res. 2023 Apr 17:1-9. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.23.01.0018. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37044374

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Kelly Santangelo, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.P.

Lab Principal Investigator [PI]
Associate Professor

Mary Afzali, Ph.D.

Research Scientist II

Chase Gross, D.V.M.

Graduate Research Assistant
Veterinary Resident

Heidi Kloser

Graduate Research Assistant

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Michelle Larsen, D.V.M.

Graduate Research Assistant

Lauren Smanik

Joint Advised Graduate Research Assistant

Ben Singh, D.V.M.

Graduate Research Assistant
Veterinary Resident

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Pathology room 207
Diagnostic Medical Center lab 140

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