Brenda S. Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology

Gustavus Adolphus College


I teach General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Proteins, and laboratory components of Organic Chemistry I and Cell and Molecular Biology. For further information about course content and representative syllabi, please visit the course link.

Research Interests:

My research explores scientific questions that lie at the interface of the fields of chemistry and biology. Specifically, I am interested in learning about the structural basis for how and why biological enzymes function in the manner that they do. In my laboratory, we study these questions using a variety of spectroscopic techniques including UV/Vis, fluorescence, resonance raman, and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. These techniques provide us with information about how a protein changes its stucture in the presence of its substrates, ligands, or inhibitors. From this information, we can try to rationalize why a particular protein would behave in this manner to fulfill its biological role or function. Students who work in my laboratory will gain experience in the area of spectroscopy and protein purification. See my research link for further information.


Postdoctoral Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, 2000-2002

Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry: University of Washington, 1995-2000

B.S. Chemistry: Creighton University, 1991-1995





Gustavus Adolphus College

800 West College Ave.

St. Peter, MN 56082