Deborah Kelly, assistant professor in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and of biological sciences in the College of Sciences at Virginia Tech, was invited to give one of the “Kasha Lectures” at the Institute for Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University on April 9. 

The program was a celebration of the 90th birthday Dr. Michael Kasha, founder of the Institute for Molecular Biophysics at Florida State, where Kelly received her Ph.D. only five years ago working in the institute. The celebration of one of the nation’s premiere academic research institute’s that focuses on the chemical and physical underpinnings of life processes, will highlight the work of the scientists currently working at the institute.  Among the many graduates of the program, Kelly has been selected as the outside speaker to share her recent research advances on the structure of molecular interactions that trigger cellular changes such as induction of malignant brain tumors.

"Her selection as the keynote speaker for this celebration is very auspicious as there have been many outstanding graduates from this institute over the last five decades," said Michael Friedlander, director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.