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About Kellie Agrimson, PhD

I am passionate about teaching and connecting with my students and hope to incorporate research into their college experience. As a first-generation college graduate, I relate strongly to disadvantaged students and feel that I can effectively combine inclusiveness with high expectations in my teaching practices. My primary research interest is testis development in the field of reproductive biology. In humans, infertility affects twenty percent of all couples and half of cases result from male infertility. Furthermore, twenty-five percent of male infertility cases are determined to be idiopathic, or unexplained. My research goal is to further investigate and characterize the basic biology of testis development in the mouse using primary cells and cell culture models.


Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Biology Department

Research Interests

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Faculty Member, Genomics Education Partnership
2016 - Present Member, Developmental Biology Center
2016 - Present Member, Society of Developmental Biology
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Honors and Awards

  • St Kate's Summer Scholars Research Program 2021
  • NIH Training Grant “Training Research Educators in Minnesota (TREM) whilst increasing diversity” 2017 - 2020
  • IRACDA 2019 National Conference Outstanding Poster Award 2019
  • CBS Postdoc Research Symposium Best Poster Award 2019
  • Developmental Biology Symposium Postdoc Poster Award and Travel Award 2018
  • NW Reproductive Science Symposium & Center for Reproductive Biology Travel Grant 2014, 2016
  • Simperman Academic Achievement in Science and Math Scholarship 2010 - 2011


  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Cell Biology
  • Sophomore Seminar
  • Anatomy and Physiology II


September 2016 - August 2020 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota ‐ Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology
August 2012 - July 2016 PhD, Washington State University ‐ School of Molecular Biosciences
August 2008 - May 2012 BA, Carroll College ‐ Biology Department

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