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McNeil, Leslie Klis

2438 VMBSB
2001 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL  61802


  • Ph.D., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois
  • M.S., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois
  • B.S., Honors Biology, University of Illinois

show listAcademic Positions

  • Lecturer, Department of Pathobiology, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director, Clinical Skills Learning Center, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2016 - 2022
  • Clinical Instructor, Comparative Biosciences, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, November 2011- July 2016.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Pathology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, November 2009-October 2011.
  • Technical Coordinator, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, August 2005-July 2009.
  • Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University of Illinois, August 2001-August 2005.
  • Visiting Research Specialist, Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois, October 1995-August 1997.
  • Visiting Research Specialist, various departments, University of Illinois, June 1987-August 1993.

show listSelected Publications

  • Kuzminsky J, Phillips H, Sharif H, Moran C, Gleason HE, Topulos SP, Pitt K, McNeil LK, McCoy AM, and Kesavadas T. (2023) Reliability in performance assessment creates a potential application of artificial intelligence in veterinary education: evaluation of suturing skills at a single institution. American Journal of Veterinary Research 84: 8, ajvr.23.03.0058
  • Mitek AE, Keating S, Weir WB, McMichael MM, Forsythe L, McNeil L, Seals C, Boozell G, Fuson H, Xiu Y, Hague DW.  (2023)  Veterinary education's role in the opioid epidemic: Integration of an online safe opioid prescribing course into the core curriculum. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 50:162–166.
  • Morin D, Arnold C, Hale-Mitchell L, McNeil LK, Lanzo S, Soder H, Williams D, Foreman J, Whiteley H.  (2020)  Development and Evolution of the Clinical Skills Learning Center as an Integral Component of the Illinois Veterinary Professional Curriculum.  Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 47: 307–320. PMID: 31738685
  • Bray J, Chiu G, McNeil LK, Moon M, Wall R, Towers AE, Freund GG. (2018) Switching from a high-fat cellulose diet to a high-fat pectin diet reverses certain obesity-related morbidities. Nutrition and Metabolism (London), 15: 55. PMID: 3009391
  • Ferguson DC, McNeil LK, Schaeffer D, Mills EM. (2017) Encouraging critical clinical thinking (CCT) skills in first year veterinary students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44: 531–541. PMID:28876994
  • Moon ML, Joesting JJ, Blevins NA, Lawson MA, Gainey SJ, Towers AE, McNeil LK, Freund GG. (2015) IL-4 Knock Out Mice Display Anxiety-Like Behavior. Behavior Genetics, 45:451–60. PMID:25772794
  • York JM, Blevins NA, McNeil LK, Freund GG. (2013) Mouse Short- and Long-term Locomotor Activity Analyzed by Video Tracking Software. J. Vis. Exp. Jun 20;(76). doi: 10.3791/50252
  • Moon ML, McNeil LK, Freund GG. (2011) Macrophages make me sick: How macrophage activation states influence sickness behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36: 1431–1440. PMID:21855222
  • McNeil LK, Aziz RK. (2009) In silico reconstruction of the metabolic and pathogenic potential of bacterial genomes; in: de Reuse H and Bereswill S, (eds.), Microbial Pathogenomics. Genome Dynamics, 6: 21–34. PMID:19696491
  • Aziz RK, Bartels D, Best AA, DeJongh M, et al. (2008) The RAST Server: rapid annotations using subsystems technology. BMC Genomics, 9: 75. PMID:18261238
  • McNeil LK, Reich C, Aziz RK, Bartels D, et al. (2007) The National Microbial Pathogen Database Resource (NMPDR): A genomics platform based on subsystem annotation. Nucleic Acids Research, 35 (Database issue): D347–353. PMID:17145713
  • Reich CI, McNeil LK, Brace JL, Brucker JK, Olsen GJ. (2001) Archaeal RecA homologs: Different response to DNA damaging agents in mesophilic and thermophilic Archaea. Extremophiles, 5: 267–275. PMID:11523896
  • Bouzat* JL, McNeil* LK, Robertson HM, Solter LF, Nixon J, Beever JE, Gaskins HR, Olsen GJ, Subramaniam S, Sogin ML, Lewin HA. (2000) Phylogenomic analysis of the alpha proteasome gene family from early diverging eukaryotes. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 51: 532–543. (*equal contribution to authorship) PMID: 11116327
  • Klenk H-P et al. (1997) The complete genome sequence of the hyperthermophilic, sulphate-reducing archaeon Archaeoglobus fulgidus, 390: 364–370. PMID:9389475
  • Donovan SM, McNeil LK, Jimenez-Flores R, Odle J. (1994) Insulin-like growth factors and insulin-like growth factor binding proteins in porcine serum and milk throughout lactation. Pediatric Research , 36: 159–168. PMID:7970929
  • Halquist NA, McNeil LK, Lockwood, JF, Sherman AR. (1992) Maternal iron-deficiency effects on peritoneal macrophage and peritoneal natural-killer cell cytotoxicity in rat pups. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 55: 741–746. PMID:1550051
  • Chu-LaGraff Q, Wright DM, McNeil LK, Doe CQ. (1991) The prospero gene encodes a divergent homeodomain protein that controls neuronal identity in Drosophila. Development, Supplement 2: 79–85. PMID:1842358
  • Roth ME, Lacy MJ, McNeil LK, Kranz DM. (1989) Analysis of T-cell receptor transcripts using the polymerase chain reaction. Biotechniques, 7: 746–747. PMID:2631785
  • Lacy MJ, McNeil LK, Roth ME, Kranz DM. (1989) T-cell receptor [delta]-chain diversity in peripheral lymphocytes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 86: 1023–1026. PMID:2783779
  • Roth ME, Lacy MJ, McNeil LK, Kranz DM. (1988) Selection of variable-joining region combinations in the [alpha]-chain of the T-cell receptor. Science, 241: 1354–1358. PMID:2970673