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Leslie Klis McNeil

Clinical Instructor, Comparative Biosciences
Clinical Skills Coach, Clinical Skills Learning Center
3641 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building
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

Academic Positions

  • Clinical Instructor, Comparative Biosciences, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, November 2011- present.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Pathology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, November 2009-October 2011.
  • Visiting Technical Coordinator, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, August 2005-July 2009.
  • Visiting 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 listCourses Taught

  • VM 601, 606 Clinical Practice.  First- and second-year rotations in Surgical Skills, Small Animal Surgery, and ER/Critical Care.
  • VM 602, 603, 604 Structure and Function.  Coordinate and facilitate instruction in first-year core veterinary medicine courses, including Clinical Correlations focus on development of critical thinking skills.

show listSelected Publications

  • 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