Kellen Round is a senior at the University of Notre Dame. He is pursuing a degree in Science- Business with a minor in Science, Technology, and Values with the goal of attending medical school.
Ultimately, Kellen’s primary interest in medicine lies in interventional cardiology, which he sees as a field with large potential for expansion over the coming decades. As a member of the Donny Hanjaya-Putra Stem Cell Engineering Group, he researches methods for the delivery of therapeutic agents to endothelial progenitor cells. The lab is soon submitting their first publication.
During the summer of 2019, Kellen completed a research fellowship in Heidelberg, Germany. While there, he worked with genetic engineering technology with the goal of introducing a mutation to the periaxin (Prx) gene to mimic a dysfunctional protein often seen in diabetics.
One year prior, Kellen worked for the International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation conducting a retrospective analysis of the hospital’s switch from full-support to minimalist transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
While at school, Kellen volunteers in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southern Lake Michigan Region organization, where he has mentored a young boy for two years.
In his free time, he enjoys attending football games, playing intramural sports, listening to country music, and baking.