Sean Kelly


BME Doctoral Candidate, Laboratory Safety Coordinator

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. 


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 Biochemistry from the University of Portland (2014)

Research Interests

  • Investigating how the surface properties of nanomaterials affect their interaction with the mucosal immune system