Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly

Assistant Professor
Director of The Richard Barber Interdisciplinary Research Program


 283 Physics Research Building


Christopher Kelly


Physics and Astronomy


  • 2003 B.A. from Oberlin College in Physics, Advised by Yumi Ijiri
  • 2007 M.S.E. from Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Electrical Engineering
  • 2009 Ph.D. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Applied Physics, Advised by Mark Banaszak Holl and Brad Orr
  • 2010-2013 Postdoc at Cornell University in Applied & Engineering Physics and Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Advised by Harold Craighead and Barbara Baird

Awards and grants

  • 2017 - Richard J. Barber Faculty Recognition Award

  • 2017-2022 NSF CAREER Award (DMR1652316)

  • 2018 - Sultana N. Nahar Prize for Distinction in Teaching Physics and Astronomy

Selected publications

Courses taught

Physics for the Life Sciences I - PHY 2130

Mathematics for Biomedical Physics - PHY 3700

Introduction to Computational Methods - PHY 3750

Optics and Optics Lab - PHY 5340-5341

Biomedical Physics - PHY 5750

Applied Computational Methods - PHY 6750


Assisted in teaching:

Introduction to Photography - APH 2400

Nanobioscience - PSL 7215

Bioinformatics: theory and practice - MGG 7050