Kelly O'Connell '08
Title: “Believe You Me: How the Scientific Method Might Change Your Mind”
During her time at St. Lawrence University, Dr. Kelly O’Connell played NCAA volleyball, studied abroad in France, and regularly participated in scientific research. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 2008, she moved to Boulder, CO and worked for ThermoFisher Scientific before entering graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Her graduate research explored how changes in mitochondrial function affect the progression of heart failure. After receiving her Ph.D., she accepted a post-doctoral fellowship position at Brown University to study the molecular mechanisms of cardiac dysfunction in pulmonary hypertension. Kelly now works as an Applications Scientist for FUJIFILM VisualSonics, where she focuses on high frequency ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging. Outside of the lab, Kelly and her husband live in the Boston area where they enjoy the cultural activities in the city and hiking in the mountains of New Hampshire.