Deb Kelly

Director of the Center for Structural Oncology; Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics; Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Deb Kelly

Research Summary

Engineering new molecular paradigms to create a world without cancer.

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Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

Liquids Nanoparticles Proteins Electron Microscopy Cells Imaging Techniques Macromolecules Glioblastoma Stem Cells Electron Microscopes Electrons Visualization Vacuum Viruses Tomography Microfluidics Neoplasms Transmission Electron Microscopy Tumors Messenger Rna Genes Therapeutics Molecular Weight Dna Block Copolymers

Most Recent Papers

Microchip-based structure determination of low-molecular weight proteins using cryo-electron microscopy

Michael A. Casasanta, G. M. Jonaid, Liam Kaylor, William Y. Luqiu, Maria J. Solares, Mariah L. Schroen, William J. Dearnaley, Jarad Wilson, Madeline J. Dukes, Deborah F. Kelly, 2021, Nanoscale on p. 7285-7293

Microchip-Based Structure Determination of Disease-Relevant p53

Maria J. Solares, G. M. Jonaid, William Y. Luqiu, Yanping Liang, Madison C. Evans, William J. Dearnaley, Zhi Sheng, Deborah F. Kelly, 2020, Analytical Chemistry

Liquid cell TEM imaging techniques and optimization for biological samples

Madeline Dukes, Deborah Kelly, Cameron Varano, 2020, Microscopy and Microanalysis

Isolation of Disease-relevant p53 for Cryo-Electron Microscopy Analysis

Deborah Kelly, 2020, Nature Protocol Exchange

Liquid-Cell Electron Tomography of Biological Systems

William Dearnaley, Beatrice Schleupner, Cameron Varano, Nick A. Alden, Floricel Gonzalez, Michael A. Casasanta, Birgit E. Scharf, Madeline J. Dukes, Deb Kelly, 2019, Nano Letters on p. 6734-6741


Nick A. Alden, A. Cameron Varano, William J. Dearnaley, Maria J. Solares, William Y. Luqiu, Yanping Liang, Zhi Sheng, Sarah M. McDonald, John Damiano, Jennifer McConnell, Madeline J. Dukes, Deborah F. Kelly, 2019, Small on p. 1970109

Customizable Cryo-EM Chips Improve 3D Analysis of Macromolecules

Varano, A Cameron, Nick Alden, W Dearnaley, Michael Casasanta, John Damiano, Jennifer McConnell, Madeline Dukes, Deborah Kelly, 2019, Microscopy and Microanalysis on p. 1310--1311

Cryo-EM Reveals Architectural Diversity in Active Rotavirus Particles

Mary Hauser, William Dearnaley, Cameron Varano, Michael Casasanta, Sarah M. McDonald, Deb Kelly, 2019, Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal on p. 1178-1183

Correcting errors in the BRCA1 warning system

Yanping Liang, William J. Dearnaley, Nick A. Alden, Maria J. Solares, Brian L. Gilmore, Kevin J. Pridham, Cameron Varano, Zhi Sheng, Elizabeth Alli, Deb Kelly, 2019, DNA Repair on p. 120-128

Casein Kinase 1 Epsilon Regulates Glioblastoma Cell Survival

Robin T. Varghese, Sarah Young, Lily Pham, Yanping Liang, Kevin J. Pridham, Sujuan Guo, Susan Murphy, Deborah F. Kelly, Zhi Sheng, 2018, Scientific Reports

Most-Cited Papers

A rapid and high content assay that measures cyto-ID-stained autophagic compartments and estimates autophagy flux with potential clinical applications

Sujuan Guo, Yanping Liang, Susan F. Murphy, Angela Huang, Haihong Shen, Deb Kelly, Pablo Sobrado, Zhi Sheng, 2015, Autophagy on p. 560-572

Toward design of magnetic nanoparticle clusters stabilized by biocompatible diblock copolymers for T <sub>2</sub>-weighted MRI contrast

Sharavanan Balasubramaniam, Sanem Kayandan, Yin Nian Lin, Deborah F. Kelly, Michael J. House, Robert C. Woodward, Timothy G. St. Pierre, Judy S. Riffle, Richey M. Davis, 2014, Langmuir on p. 1580-1587

Real-Time Visualization of Nanoparticles Interacting with Glioblastoma Stem Cells

Elliot S. Pohlmann, Kaya Patel, Sujuan Guo, Madeline J. Dukes, Zhi Sheng, Deb Kelly, 2015, Nano Letters on p. 2329-2335

Visualizing viral assemblies in a nanoscale biosphere

Brian L. Gilmore, Shannon P. Showalter, Madeline J. Dukes, Justin R. Tanner, Andrew C. Demmert, Sarah M. McDonald, Deb Kelly, 2013, Lab on a Chip - Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology on p. 216-219

Survival kinase genes present prognostic significance in glioblastoma

Robin T. Varghese, Yanping Liang, Ting Guan, Christopher T. Franck, Deb Kelly, Zhi Sheng, 2016, Oncotarget on p. 20140-20151

Affinity grid-based cryo-EM of PKC binding to RACK1 on the ribosome

Gyanesh Sharma, Jesper Pallesen, Sanchaita Das, Robert Grassucci, Robert Langlois, Cheri M. Hampton, Deb Kelly, Amedee des Georges, Joachim Frank, 2013, Journal of Structural Biology on p. 190-194

Patient-derived glioblastoma stem cells respond differentially to targeted therapies

Pratik Kanabur, Sujuan Guo, Gary R. Simonds, Deb Kelly, Robert G. Gourdie, Scott S. Verbridge, Zhi Sheng, 2016, Oncotarget on p. 86406-86419

Visualizing virus particle mobility in liquid at the nanoscale

A. Cameron Varano, Amina Rahimi, Madeline J. Dukes, Steven Poelzing, Sarah M. McDonald, Deb Kelly, 2015, Chemical Communications on p. 16176-16179

PIK3CB/p110β is a selective survival factor for glioblastoma

Kevin J. Pridham, Lamvy Le, Sujuan Guo, Robin T. Varghese, Sarah Algino, Yanping Liang, Renee Fajardin, Cara M. Rodgers, Gary R. Simonds, Deb Kelly, Zhi Sheng, 2018, Neuro-Oncology on p. 494-505

Visualizing nanoparticle mobility in liquid at atomic resolution

Madeline J. Dukes, Benjamin W. Jacobs, David G. Morgan, Harshad Hegde, Deb Kelly, 2013, Chemical Communications on p. 3007-3009

News Articles Featuring Deb Kelly

Antibody binding-site conserved across COVID-19 virus variants

A tiny protein of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that gives rise to COVID-19, may have big implications for future treatments, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Engineering professor named Microscopy Society of America president-elect

Deborah Kelly, Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics and professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State, was elected president of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). Her three-year commitment as first president-elect, then president, then past president, began in January.

Deb Kelly named chair of NIH study section

Deborah Kelly, Penn State Lloyd & Dottie Foehr Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics, director of the Penn State Center for Structural Oncology (CSO) and professor of biomedical engineering, has accepted an appointment as chair of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Macromolecular Structure and Function B (MSFB) Study Section, directed by the Center for Scientific Review.

Podcast features three women at the forefront of cryo-EM research

An all-female trio of Penn State research scientists explain how their work on cancer diagnostics and advanced materials science evolves along with improvements in cryo-electron microscopy.

Penn State cancer research center joins pandemic fight

The Penn State Center for Structural Oncology (CSO) is shifting some of its focus from fighting cancer to fighting COVID-19, with three projects. The CSO’s director, Deborah Kelly, believes that the same interdisciplinary research approach and collaborative spirit that drives the CSO’s cancer research can be applied to fighting pandemics.

Aspiring neurosurgeon mapping cancer-suppressing protein

Madison Evans is a Penn State biomedical engineering major who would like to become a neurosurgeon. Before she heads off to medical school, though, the Schreyer Honors Scholar is part of a research project that could change the way her future patients receive treatment.

Discovering the Secret Life of Cancer Cells (pg. 14)

Penn State's Center for Structural Oncology seeks to understand molecular culprits of breast cancer

Professor of Biomedical Engineering Deb Kelly hopes to 'outsmart breast cancer'

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the pioneering researchers in the fight against breast cancer is Deb Kelly, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Structural Oncology at Penn State.

Scientists have first 3D view of life's processes in liquid

A new liquid-cell technology allows scientists to see living biological materials and systems in three dimensions under an electron microscope, according to researchers at Penn State, Virginia Tech and Protochips Inc.

New liquid-cell technology provides first 3D view of life’s processes

A new liquid-cell technology allows scientists to see biological materials and systems in three dimensions under an electron microscope (EM), according to researchers at Penn State, Virginia Tech and Protochips Inc.