Wildlife Pathologist, Morris Animal Foundation Global Health Fellow
BA, Mount Holyoke College; DVM, University of Florida; Anatomic Pathology residency, Louisiana State University (DACVP)
Dr. Kali Holder is a veterinary pathologist and the Morris Animal Foundation Global Health Fellow with Smithsonian Global Health, which applies the Smithsonian’s amazing biological expertise to challenges in conservation and public health at the human-wildlife interface. Holder focuses on integrating pathology and molecular diagnostics into a One Health approach for zoonotic disease and conservation pathology. Taxa of particular interest are African megafauna, bats, carnivores, birds, and tortoises. As a pathologist on a global health team, Holder applies her knowledge of hosts, pathogens, and transmission mechanisms to real-world scenarios of pandemic prevention with the PREDICT program and emerging disease investigations in endangered animals like the black rhino. She is committed to mentoring aspiring scientists and engaging in capacity building with colleagues and stakeholders in developing nations.
Holder completed her undergraduate studies in 2004 at Mount Holyoke College where she majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 2009. She attended Louisiana State University for her three-year residency in veterinary anatomic pathology, becoming a board certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2012. Holder then joined the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship focusing on the conservation and pathology of the threatened Agassiz’ desert tortoise. She has been a member of the Smithsonian Global Health team since 2015.