Kelly Moynihan is a Immune Oncologist

Kelly Moynihan was born in Austin, Texas, where she spent her childhood running around on the soccer field, climbing trees, and playing games with friends. Kelly was always really interested in biology and medicine, so when she went to college at the University of Texas she decided to study biomedical engineering, a field that uses science and engineering to advance medicine. Now, she is a graduate student researcher, NSF Fellow, and a Hertz Foundation Fellow at MIT, where she studies immunology. She works to design new ways to harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer, a field called immune oncology. Scientists like Kelly are studying ways to generate an immune response against tumors, without hurting your normal healthy cells.

Learn more in our personalized book My Scientific Name

My Scientific Name is a children's picture storybook developed in collaboration with female and minority scientists across many science fields. Each book is personalized using the letters of their name as a way of introducing them to many different STEM careers.