Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
University of Michigan


Dr. Kahlenberg is a physician scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. She completed her M.D., Ph.D., and Internal Medicine training at Case Western Reserve University and completed her fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Michigan. Her clinical work is centered on the care of complicated lupus patients, including those with refractory skin disease. Her R01-funded research laboratory combines translational approaches using patient samples and murine models to uncover the mechanisms that drive lupus flares. In particular, she is focused on unraveling the pathogenic mechanisms in cutaneous lupus and how skin inflammation can influence systemic lupus activity. Recent awards include an ASCI Young Physician Scientist award in 2015, the 2018 Jerome W Conn Award for Excellence in Research, the 2018 Mary Betty Stevens Award from the Lupus Foundation of America, and a 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by the President of the United States. She also holds the Giles G. Bole MD and Dorothy Mulkey M.D. Research Professorship in Rheumatology.


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