Kelly Dakin is the Assistant Director at FBRI, where she works to facilitate scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration that advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. Prior to her current position, Kelly was the scientific content manager at Alzforum where she was engaged in many aspects of data management and communication. While at Alzforum, Kelly helped develop new tools and content, notably within databases of research models, mutations, and biomarkers of neurodegenerative disease. Kelly continues to support Alzforum projects as head of strategic scientific development for the website.
Kelly earned her Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard University in 2011. She studied age-associated changes in gene expression that make the human brain vulnerable to neurodegeneration in the lab of Dr. Bruce Yankner. Kelly completed a predoctoral fellowship at the NICHD, NIH, in the lab of R. Douglas Fields where she studied neuron-glia interactions. She graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin she studied the role of neuropeptides in regulating reproductive behavior in the roughskin newt, Taricha granulosa.