Kelly is a staff writer at Science. She studied cognitive science and comparative literature at the University of Georgia before setting out in search of the vague job description "learn and explain things." She led educational hikes with Americorps and worked with kids as a cognitive skills trainer before the graduate program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, introduced her to science writing. She now focuses on stories about biomedical research and policy. Her work has appeared on KUSP radio, Wired.com, Scientific American, and other outlets.