Kellen grew up in both Boston, MA and Irvine, CA. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford School of Medicine pursuing therapies for craniofacial and burn injuries. He previously pursued his bachelors in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley as a member of the Bioengineering Honor Society, and then obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia last year as a member of the Raven Society, the top university-wide honor society. Now that he’s completed graduate school, Kellen is passionate about pursuing clinical and translational research to push biomedical research to the patient bedside and clinic.
At UVa, he was heavily involved in the Tomorrow’s Professors Today program, a two year program to educate students on how to become effective teachers. He has taught and guest lectured various courses ranging from organ physiology to biomaterials to soft tissue mechanics for both undergraduate and graduate students using active learning and other pedagogical techniques. He has also previously tutored middle school and high school level science and math courses, including Honor and AP courses.
In his free time, Kellen enjoys playing volleyball (indoor and sand), spending time outdoors, and cheering for various Boston sports teams, Cal football, and UVa men’s basketball.