Brian Kelly, PhD


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Pathology - Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Clinical Pathology

Board Certification

  • American Board of Clinical Chemistry

Academic Office Information

  • 801-230-4151
  • 2433 E Bramble Way
    Salt Lake City, UT


Academic Bio

Brian N. Kelly, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Currently, I am pursuing opportunities to assist small clinical laboratories in the implementation of liquid-chromatography mass-spectrometry based analysis of biological specimens. I am working with physician owned laboratories, as well as nascent reference laboratories as this field develops. Combining my education, board-certification, expertise in analytical methods alongside regulatory knowledge, I am uniquely positioned to improve patient care via laboratory medicine. Previously, I was the Partnership for Clean Competition Research Fellow at the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. There, I developed mass-spectrometry based detection methods for various substances that are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. In the recent past, I have completed the Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Fellowship at the University of Virginia and have achieved board certification in Clinical Chemistry. During the three years at the University of Virginia, I was developing novel, quantitative, circulating ribonucleic-acid based assays to detect administration of recombinant human growth hormone and a US Patent has been published based upon this research. I have been fortunate to have been awarded the Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award by the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists two times, and have been invited to present my research results domestically and overseas, and have published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. In total, I have over 12 years of post-graduate research experience ranging from X-ray crystallography to molecular biology to interfering substances in point-of-care glucose meters. I graduated with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado and completed my PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Utah.

Education History

Type School Degree
Research Fellow Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory
Forensic Testing and Sports Anti-Doping Research
Research Fellow
Fellowship University of Virginia
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Research Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Undergraduate University of Colorado
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Undergraduate University of Colorado

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Kelly BN, Haverstick DM, Lee JK, Thorner MO, Vance ML, Xin W, Bruns DE (2014). Circulating microRNA as a biomarker of human growth hormone administration to patients. Drug Test Anal, 6(3), 234-8.
  2. Kelly BN, Madsen M, Sharpe K, Nair V, Eichner D (2013). A population study of urine glycerol concentrations in elite athletes competing in North America. Drug Test Anal, 5(11-12), 890-5.
  3. Kelly BN, Haverstick DM, Vance ML, Thorner MO, Bruns DE (2012). Quantification of growth hormone mRNA in blood. Clin Chim Acta, 414, 206-10.

Case Report

  1. Kelly, BN, Silverman, LM, Bruns, DE (2013). Unexpected Serum Protein Electrophoresis Results: Finding the lost monoclonal protein. ASCP CheckSample Series- Clinical Chemistry.


  1. Kelly BN, Haverstick DM, Bruns DE (2012). Interference in a glucose dehydrogenase-based glucose meter revisited. [Letter to the editor]. Clin Chim Acta, 413(7-8), 829-30.
  2. Kelly BN, Haverstick DM, Bruns DE (2010). Interference in a glucose dehydrogenase-based glucose meter. [Letter to the editor]. Clin Chem, 56(6), 1038-40.


  1. Brian N Kelly (2009). One Cyclist’s Experience [Web]. Anti-Doping Research Web Site.


  1. Bruns DE, Haverstick DM, Kelly B (2019). Compositions and Methods for Detecting Aberrant Regulation, Expression, and Levels of hGH. U.S. Patent No. US 14/035,422. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.