Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Department Chair

Portrait of Dr. Boris lawrieKathleen Boris-Lawrie Joins the College of Veterinary Medicine

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Boris-Lawrie had been a faculty member at Ohio State University since 1996, specializing in infectious disease research focused on the virus-host interface. She is widely recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of molecular virology, particularly for the molecular basis of gene expression of retroviruses that infect humans and animals; she discovered a fundamental paradigm that cells use to control the growth of viruses. A founding member of the Center for RNA Biology and a member of the Center for Retrovirus Research and Comprehensive Cancer Center, Boris-Lawrie mentored countless graduate and undergraduate, veterinary, and medical students, as well as post-PhD scientists. She is a fellow of the American Association for Microbiology and American Association for the Advancement of Science, and serves on numerous editorial boards and grant review panels. At Ohio State University, Boris-Lawrie was chosen to lead the Life Sciences Network, a first-of-its-kind network designed to link graduate education and research across the life sciences. She received her master’s degree in microbiology from Southern Illinois University and her PhD in molecular genetics from George Washington University.

Boris-Lawrie is excited about joining the University of Minnesota and by the opportunity to work with colleagues across the college and university to build transdisciplinary teams.

“University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members are visionaries, focused on health and disease challenges in animals and humans,” she says. “I am excited about the opportunity to bring people together at different stages in their careers, work with strategic partners at the Academic Health Center and beyond, and focus on strategic investments in graduate education and research. There truly is unparalleled potential for lasting change at Minnesota, and I am proud to be a part of the team.”