Kelly Smith is a Lab head at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. Her research group investigates the early stages of heart development, seeking to identify and understand the function of novel regulators of heart form and function.
Kelly received her PhD in 2005 from the University of Melbourne studying gastrointestinal physiology. She moved to the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands for postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Jeroen Bakkers. Here she studied cardiac development using the zebrafish model and screened patient cohorts to identify novel genes and mutations in cardiac development and disease. She returned to Australia in 2010, as an IMB Fellow and in 2013, Kelly began her own lab.