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Jessica Kelts, PhD


Associate Professor
U-M Flint

I grew up in the Flint area and attended UM-Flint as an undergraduate. After obtaining my PhD in biological chemistry at Purdue and working in industry, I returned to UM-Flint as an assistant professor in 2009. Here, I teach biochemistry as well as organic and general chemistry lectures and labs. The primary focus of my research is breast cancer with a current interest in p53 and cellular invasion. I am also interested in quantitating oxalate in cranberry supplements and investigating a link between having ulcerative colitis and having elevated kidney stone risk due to elevated urine calcium.


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Community and Professional Affiliation(s)

American Chemical Society

Research Area(s)

Breast cancer | Other | Oxalates in nutritional supplements | Ulcerative Colitis


  • Principal investigator of: 2016-17 & 2018-19 Curiosity Academy
  • Principal investigator of: Investigating small molecules to combat triple negative breast cancer
  • Principal investigator of: Investigation of Vitamin D, Curcumin, and APR-246 Effect on Breast Cancer Cell Growth and Treatment
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