Yale University

Kelsey Burk Loeliger, B.S.

  • M.D./Ph.D. Candidate, Yale Schools of Medicine & Public Health


Kelsey Burk Loeliger was admitted to MD/PhD program in 2011, affiliating with the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases Department in 2013 after three years of medical school. She is interested in conducting clinical and community-based research with an emphasis on marginalized populations and the social constructs surrounding infectious diseases. Her work is aimed at developing a better understanding of the many interconnected factors that play a role in the prevention, progression, transmission, and treatment of these diseases. Her most recent ongoing research with Dr. Gerald Friedland and Dr. Sheela Shenoi explores the personal and systematic barriers HIV+ patients face with regard to initiating and adhering to antiretroviral therapy (ART). Under the direction of Dr. Frederick Altice, current areas of interest also include women with substance use disorders in Malaysia and how the interplay between substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, mental health disorders, and violence as well as other social circumstances impact the health of the individual. Prior to joining the MD/PhD program, Kelsey earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of Maryland-Baltimore County where she studied the retroviral mechanism for genome packaging in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute biochemistry laboratory of Dr. Michael Summers. After graduating, she worked as a post-baccalaureate research fellow (IRTA) at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute where she conducted translational research on the role of chronic inflammation in Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Aplastic Anemia.

Selected Publications:

  • Loeliger K.B., Niccolai, L.M., Mtungwa, N., Moll, A., Friedland, G., Shenoi, S. Community Health Worker Perspectives on Barriers to HIV+ Patients’ Initiation of and Retention in Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural South Africa. (Manuscript in preparation, Yale University School of Medicine.)

  • Tate, V.V., Loeliger, K.B., Gaither, J.R., Cooperman, D.R., Ehrlich, L.J., Silva, C., Kim, C., Moles, R., Leventhal, J.M., Sharkey, M.S. Three Decades of Abusive Fractures at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. (Manuscript in preparation, Yale University School of Medicine.)

  • Wickersham J.A., Loeliger K.B., Marcus R., Pillai, V., Kamarulzaman A., Altice F.L. Correlates of Active and Remote Injection Drug Use Among Women in Malaysia. (Manuscript under review by American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Yale University School of Medicine.)