The Kelly Lab Team

Principle Investigator

  • Kimberly Kelly, Ph.D.

    Professor of Biomedical Engineering


    Dr. Kelly’s research interests include the identification of biomarkers and development of molecularly targeted probes, both as imaging agents for the detection of various cancer disease processes and as vehicles for targeted drug delivery.

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Instructors of Research

  • Julien Dimastromatteo, Ph.D.

    Instructor of Research


    Julien joined the Kelly lab in July 2014, after working in the Experimental Nuclear Cardiology and Molecular Imaging Lab at UVA. His research centers around developing small peptide-based nuclear imaging agents in oncology and developing antibody-drug conjugates as immunotherapies against pancreatic cancer.

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Graduate Students

  • Jessica Hung

    Ph.D. Candidate


    Jessica completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washinton, Bioengineering. While at UVA, she is focusing on an in vivo phage screening for biomarkers at early-stage PDAC. 

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  • Samantha Perez

    Ph.D. Candidate


    Samantha graduated from Duke University with a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering. Her project focuses on characterizing cell-surface plectin in ovarian cancer. 

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Postdoctoral Fellows

We are currently seeking talented, hard-working postdoctoral fellows in a variety of positions. Interested applicants should send their CV and list of references to kak3x@virginia.edu.

Graduate Students

Potential grad students may apply through the Department of Biomedical Engineering PhD program and the Medical Scientist Training program.

Undergraduate Students

We welcome students from all departments of the University. We prefer students to be in their 2nd year, who are willing to commit at least 10 hours per week and plan to remain in the lab until their graduation.

  • The Kelly Lab and Barker Lab won the BME Tug-of-War competition for the second year in a row. 

  • The Kelly Lab explores Shenandoah National Park!

  • Annual Gingerbread Competition

    The Kelly Lab preparing for BME's 2019 Gingerbread competition!