The development of complex organs such as the heart and the kidney form the foundation of Kelly McLaughlin’s research interests. In combination with her research, McLaughlin teaches developmental biology at the Harvard Extension School and is a postdoctoral fellow in the Development of Cellular Biology at Harvard Medical School.
Laboratory work investigating the development of the heart led McLaughlin to her observations about the kidney, which forms the basis of her current research project “The Role of Notch Signaling in Kidney Organogenesis.” McLaughlin's recent research identified a functional role for a group of molecules that are involved in the development of the kidney. She will continue to investigate this ground-breaking discovery, bringing great clinical and therapeutic importance to the study of kidney disease and function.
McLaughlin has received a National Research Service Award from 1997 to 2000, a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University for her work as a teaching assistant, and a Graduate Associate Teaching Award in biology from the University of Massachusetts in Biology. She received her PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Massachusetts.