Sheila Grimes, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Pathology

P: 205-581-2062


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Sheila D. Grimes, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVP, is a veterinary pathologist with over 30 years of experience encompassing academia, veterinary diagnostics, and toxicologic pathology. At Southern Research, she serves as an anatomic pathologist and oversees a team of pathology, histology, necropsy, and clinical pathology personnel. She performs histopathologic evaluations and writes study reports for a wide variety of toxicologic and infectious disease research studies involving rodents, ferrets, rabbits and nonhuman primates. In addition, she reviews and assists in the development of study protocols and pathology standard operating procedures. She serves as Principal/Co-Principal Investigator on multiple U.S. government contracts.

Grimes started her career in pathology as an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, where she was engaged in independent and collaborative research pursuits focused on the pathogenesis and prevention of enteric diseases in neonatal domestic animals. Subsequently, she served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, for 10 years. Grimes served as the Pathology Section Head for the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, where she supervised a histology and immunohistochemistry laboratory that performed macroscopic and microscopic examinations on domestic and exotic animals. She joined Southern Research in 2007 as senior research pathologist.

Grimes is a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. She has co-authored 16 publications and six abstracts. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1991. Grimes earned her doctorate and Master of Science in pathology from Michigan State University. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in animal poultry science from Tuskegee Institute.