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Ryan Kelly, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist and Capability Lead, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Instrument Development Laboratory

P.O. Box 999, K8-91
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-6525 Fax: (509) 371-6546 Updated: January 16, 2014

Current Activities and Projects

Dr. Kelly currently serves as technical lead of the EMSL microfabrication facility. He has a broad background in the design and fabrication of microfluidic devices and other microsystems for a diverse array of applications. His graduate research focused on the development of novel separation and analysis methods for proteins and peptides within microfluidic devices. He also developed new fabrication methods for creating microdevices in plastic substrates and interfacing microchannels with semipermeable membranes. While at PNNL, Dr. Kelly developed approaches for increasing the sensitivity of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry using both capillary based and microfabricated electrospray sources. His current interests involve coupling microfluidic systems with mass spectrometry for single-cell and other sample-limited bioanalyses.

Research Interests

Microfluidics, Microfabrication, Nanoelectrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry, Sample-Limited Bioanalysis

Past Experience

2010-Present Scientist, EMSL, PNNL
2007-2010 Scientist, Biological Sciences Division, PNNL
2005-2007 Postdoc, Biological Sciences Division, PNNL


2005 PhD, Chemistry, Brigham Young University
2001 BS, Biochemistry, Brigham Young University

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

2010 Outstanding Performance Award, FCSD
2010 Key Contributor Award—Licensing of Ion Funnel Technology
2009 R&D 100 Award for “Ultrasensitive Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Source and Interface”, R&D Magazine
2005 Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Student Award, BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
2004–2005 Roland K. Robins Graduate Research Fellowship, BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
2003–2004 Graduate Research Fellowship Award, BYU Office of Graduate Studies
2002–2003 Lauren C. and Maurine F. Bryner Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research Achievement
2002–2003 BYU Graduate Research Fellowship
2001–2002 Nicholes-Maw Graduate Student Fellowship
2000 Garth L. Lee Undergraduate Teaching Award, BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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