Engineering & Science

In addition to leatherworking and art, I have two engineering degrees! My dream is to be able to pursue both these passions of mine to keep my creativity thriving and balanced.

I currently have a part-time lab job in a Microbiology and Immunology lab doing virus work at the University of Michigan, that lasts until May 2017.  It's amazing and I adore working with them, but who knows if we'll be able to snag another grant by then to let me continue working here.  If you know of any jobs that fit my skills that start approximately May 2017, please send them my way!

My career interests are flexible. I am ideally looking for a part-time science/engineering position (though if the fit is great, I am flexible on the time commitment). My background is in chemical engineering and biochemistry, with a Master's degree in in tissue engineering and drug delivery. I would love to find a job being a part-time lab manager, research associate, STEM educator, science writer, or similar job, in or near the Ann Arbor, MI area.  I am particularly enthusiastic about keeping cool research going through being a lab manager (I love spreadsheets and creating order), but I could do many things and be happy. I can provide my own health insurance, if it's not covered for part-time workers.

I also have a fair amount of experience in event and meeting planning, and very much enjoy organizational work.  Have an admin assistant/project manager job that supports scientific/educational work or a neat non-profit?  Let me know - I might be interested in that, too!

Please contact me through LinkedIn or email.  My resume is below.

Kelly Carnahan


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MSE in Biomedical Engineering: Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery, GPA 3.99, May 2012

Tufts University, Medford, MA
BS in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, Focus in Biochemistry, May 2010

Coursework: Histology, Biomaterials, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Drug Delivery, Recombinant DNA Techniques, Partial Differential Equations, Probability/Statistics


Computer: Mathcad, Matlab, R, ImageJ, Excel, HTML, CSS (web design), GIMP2 (image manipulation), Inkscape (vector illustration)

Laboratory: qPCR, PCR, Western blots, microsphere formation, protein release studies, cell culture splitting, SRB cytotoxicity assay, NMR spectroscopy, DNA vector digestion and ligation, bacterial transformation and expression, gel electrophoresis, dialysis, lyopholization, TLC, HPLC, column chromatography


University of Michigan, Microbiology and Immunology Lab, Ann Arbor, MI
March 2016 - Present, Research Associate
  • Performs molecular techniques such as enzyme digests, ELISA, PCR, qPCR, and Western blots
  • Maintains cell lines, prepares media, freezes/thaws cell lines from liquid N2 storage (BSL-1, 2)
  • Manages the mouse colony: mice handling, breeding, sexing, animal euthanasia, tissue collection, animal injections, taking ear/tail snips, ear tagging, genotyping, and keeping weekly records
  • Keeps clear lab records, organizes samples, prepares simple statistics, graphs, and tables
  • Performs other lab maintenance tasks as necessary, such as receiving orders of supplies, making and organizing reagents, cleaning cupboards, freezers, and incubators, and printing copies
Level 8 Craftling, Ann Arbor, MI
Owner and Writer, 2013 – Present
  • Own and operate a small business designing and repairing custom leatherworking projects
  • Perform market research to open an up-to-date, relevant leatherworking online shop
  • Write and publish content at on various leatherworking, crafting, and similar topics
University of Michigan, Air Quality Lab, Ann Arbor, MI
August 2015 – February 2016, Research Associate
  • Manage the activities of 4 researchers, managing scheduling, training, and protocols
  • Accurately weigh micrograms of material in clean room
  • Gather data from human study participants, including regular interviews
University of Michigan, CMITE Lab, Ann Arbor, MI
Research Assistant, January 2011 – October 2013
  • Determined the elastic modulus of different strength PDMS gels
  • Characterized the response of adult myocytes to different strength PDMS gels through RNA quantification, protein quantification, and immunofluorescent imaging
  • Made gelatin and chitosan microspheres for protein delivery in tissue engineering cell microenvironments
  • Published research: Substrate Stiffness Affects Sarcomere and Costamere Structure and Electrophysiological Function of Isolated Adult Cardiomyocytes, Galie PA, Khalid N, Carnahan KE, et al, Cardiovasc Pathol. 2013; 22(3); 219-227.
  • Mentored two undergraduate students
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Teaching Assistant, BME Statistics, 73 Students, Winter 2012
  • Taught key problem points; graded and designed solution sets 
  • Held weekly office hours, tutoring and answering student questions
  • Taught one full class period and an introductory lab session for R
University of Minnesota, Chemical Engineering Lab, Minneapolis, MN
Research Assistant, Summer 2009
  • Grew and maintained mouse colon cancer cell lines for testing drug delivery methods
  • Synthesized novel polymerosomes for targeted colon cancer chemotherapy
  • Performed cytotoxicity assays to evaluate polymerosomes
Tufts University, David Kaplan Laboratories, Medford, MA
Research Assistant, September 2008 – December 2008
  • Created six vectors of novel silk and silica-attracting proteins for bone tissue engineering
  • Produced and purified the modified silk proteins
  • Examined the patterns of silica mineralization onto the silk proteins
University of Minnesota, Chemistry Department, Minneapolis, MN
Research Assistant, Summer 2008
  • Synthesized and purified oligonucleotides with a 5’ strained alkyne phosphoramidite

2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2011 GAANN Fellowship
2010 Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation Fellowship
2008 Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society
2004 Girl Scout Gold Award (equivalent to Boy Scout Eagle Scout)


Graduate Society of Women Engineers, UMich Chapter
  • A World in Motion, 2011 – 2012: Two years teaching 6 week award-winning STEM units to elementary students 
  • Engineering Club, 2014 – Present: Occasional volunteering to run an after-school engineering club at Adams Academy Elementary School
SCA, Inc., 2008 – Present. The SCA is an international, non-profit, educational organization consisting of 19 organized territories with over 30,000 members worldwide
Safety officer, Course Instructor, Fencing commander, Current
  • Design and run fencing tournaments, practices, and training exercises; keep records and submit quarterly reports; mentor and teach new fencers; manage events (30-100 people), designing programming and scheduling
  • Research, organize, and teach classes at SCA events
  • Command and lead 30+ fencers in chaotic battle games with 300-500 fencers fighting at one time; design and organize training exercises; attend meetings; write reports
University Liaison, 2011 – 2014: Managed room reservations and student recruitment at the University of Michigan for the SCA, Inc.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Board games, fencing, sewing, fiber arts, fantasy & sci-fi, leatherworking.

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