Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ryan T. Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Office: C267 BNSN
Office Phone: 801-422-1949
Lab Room: C021 BNSN, C031 BNSN
Office Hours


Ph.D. Chemistry (analytical emphasis), Brigham Young University, 2005

B.S. Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, 2001


Professional Experience

2018–present     Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

2018–present     Scientist (joint appointment), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA

2017–2018          Chief Technologist, EMSL, PNNL

2017–2018          Technical Group Manager, Scientific and Computing Operations, EMSL, PNNL

2014–2017          Capability Lead and Manager, Instrument Development and Microfabrication Laboratories, EMSL, PNNL

2010–2018          Senior Research Scientist IV, EMSL, PNNL

2007–2010          Senior Research Scientist III, Biological Sciences Division, PNNL

2005–2007          Postdoctoral Researcher, PNNL


Curriculum Vitae


The Kelly Group develops technological solutions for ultrasensitive biochemical analyses, including single cell and nanoscale proteomics. Ongoing research activities include:


Sample isolation and preparation – Ongoing refinements and miniaturization of the nanoPOTS platform are expected to further improve sample recovery for downstream analyses 

Separation and ionization – Miniaturizing separations and reducing electrospray flow rates increases ionization and transmission efficiency for enhanced sensitivity 

Mass spectrometry – Kelly researchers explore the impact of latest-generation instruments, method optimization and gas-phase separations (e.g., FAIMS) on trace sample analyses 

Automation – Kelly researchers are working to automate all aspects of preparation and analysis to increase robustness and throughput as well as to facilitate dissemination to other research groups 

Applications – Often through collaboration, Kelly Lab Group technologies are applied to a variety of challenging biological systems. Let’s talk!