Kelly graduated from the University of Glasgow with an undergraduate degree (MSci) in Parasitology, with a placement year at Moredun Research Institute, Penicuik. She joined LSTM (the first time) on a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship during which she investigated, within the Filariasis Research group, the interactions of Wolbachia bacteria with eukaryotic cells. Following the award of her PhD, she continued her research on Wolbachia, both in immunological and drug discovery contexts and became the In Vitro Screening Co-ordinator for the Anti-Wolbachia (AWOL) Consortium, headed by Prof Mark Taylor.
During this time, she also developed her expertise in teaching, gaining a teaching qualification and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2019, Kelly took up a position of Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, where her teaching focused on immunology, biochemistry and parasitology.
She was also Programme Director for the Human Physiology and Anatomy & Human Biology BSc programmes, a Senior Academic Advisor and had roles representing the School in local and international partnerships in further and higher education.
Kelly has re-joined LSTM as a Senior Lecturer in Tropical Disease Biology. She will play a major role in the management and delivery of undergraduate teaching and lead the development of a new employer-focused short-course/micro-credential teaching programme, which will harness the department’s strengths in translational research. Kelly will also continue her research in Wolbachia biology, drug discovery and education/outreach.
Kelly has oversight of the BSc Tropical Disease Biology programme (run at LSTM in collaboration with the University of Liverpool) and currently teaches on the LIFE236 (Practical Skills in Tropical Medicine) and LIFE340 (Topics in Global Health) modules within that. She is also a BSc project supervisor and DTM&H programme demonstrator and assessor.