Kelly, Christopher


Bachelor of Science
Oberlin College, 2003

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Michigan, 2009

About this team member

Chris graduated from Oberlin College in 2003 and spent the following year performing research at the NASA-Glenn research labs. Chris’ research at Michigan made contributions towards exploring the physical and chemical principles underlying the interactions of poly(amidoamine) dendrimers with biological membranes.  While at Michigan, Chris was a  Fellow of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

Chris was a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratories of Barbara Baird and Harold Craighead at Cornell University.  He is currently an assistant professor of physics at Wayne State University.


  • Design, Synthesis, and Biological Functionality of a Dendrimer-based Modular Drug Delivery Platform Bioconjugate Chemistry 2011 22 679-689
  • Stoichiometry and Structure of Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimer-Lipid Complexes ACS Nano 2009 3 1886-1896.
  • Pulsed-laser creation and characterization of giant plasma membrane vesicles from cells Journal of Biological Physics 2009 35 279-295.
  • Synthesis, Characterization, and In Vitro Testing of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Targeted Using Folic Acid-Conjugated Dendrimers ACS Nano 2008 2 773-783
  • Poly(amidoamine) dendrimers on lipid bilayers I: Free energy and conformation of binding Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2008 112 9339-9345
  • Poly(amidoamine) dendrimers on lipid bilayers II: Effects of bilayer phase and dendrimer termination Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2008 112 9346-9353
  • Interaction of Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers with Survanta Lung Surfactant:  The Importance of Lipid Domains Langmuir 2008 24 11003-11008
  • The Implications of Stochastic Synthesis for the Conjugation of Functional Groups to Nanoparticles Bioconjugate Chemistry 2008 19 1748-1752.