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.


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

Early removal of the infrapatellar fat pad/synovium complex beneficially alters the pathogenesis of moderate stage idiopathic knee osteoarthritis in male Dunkin Hartley guinea pigs.
Afzali MF, Radakovich LB, Sykes MM, Campbell MA, Patton KM, Sanford JL, Vigon N, Ek R, Narez GE, Marolf AJ, Sikes KJ, Haut Donahue TL, Santangelo KS. Arthritis Res Ther. 2022 Dec 28;24(1):282. doi: 10.1186/s13075-022-02971-y.PMID: 36578046

Full and Partial Mid-substance ACL Rupture Using Mechanical Tibial Displacement in Male and Female Mice.
Timkovich AE, Sikes KJ, Andrie KM, Afzali MF, Sanford J, Fernandez K, Burnett DJ, Hurley E, Daniel T, Serkova NJ, Donahue TH, Santangelo KS.
Ann Biomed Eng. 2022 Sep 7. doi: 10.1007/s10439-022-03065-1. Online ahead of print. PMID: 36070048

Intravenous injection of adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells benefits gait and inflammation in a spontaneous osteoarthritis model.
Afzali MF, Pannone SC, Martinez RB, Campbell MA, Sanford JL, Pezzanite LM, Kurihara J, Johnson V, Dow SW, Santangelo KS.
J Orthop Res. 2022 Aug 27. doi: 10.1002/jor.25431. Online ahead of print. PMID: 36030381

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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

Ben Singh, D.V.M.

Graduate Research Assistant
Veterinary Resident

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