Sean Kelly


BME Grad Student

Sean grew up near Seattle, WA (go Mariners!) and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Portland in 2014. He studied briefly at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering before moving with Dr. Collier to Duke in 2016. Among his research foci, he is particularly interested in using self-assembling biomaterials to develop mucosal vaccines. Sean was named the Most Valuable Player of his Little League baseball team at age 8, the greatest accomplishment of his otherwise unremarkable existence.


Recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) Fellowship

Contact Information:

  • Office Location: CIEMAS 1255
  • Office Phone: 919.660.5728
  • Email Address:


BS in Chemistry from the University of Portland (2014)