Kelly M. Bakulski

Research Assistant Professor

M5511 SPH II
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029


Dr. Bakulski is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology in 2016. Dr. Bakulski is an environmental and genetic epidemiologist with expertise in epigenetic epidemiology. She uses applied epidemiology to understand the combined genetic and environmental etiology of neurological disorders throughout the life course. She has worked on mental health issues such as autism spectrum disorder, substance abuse, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bakulski has experience with heavy metals exposure assessment, particularly biomarkers of cumulative lead exposure.

Dr. Bakulski’s current research integrates and applies multiple genome-wide measures to understand disease risk. She investigates the in utero effects of environmental exposures, such as metals and one-carbon metabolites, on the newborn epigenome, transcriptome, and ultimately risk of autism spectrum disorders. In addition, she studies multiple pollutant exposures in aging populations and risk of cognitive decline.