Kellen Round

Bachelor of Science Major
University of Notre Dame - 2021

Kellen Round

About Kellen

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.


University of Notre Dame

College of Science, Bachelor of Science
South Bend, Indiana

Major: Science and Business
Minor: Science, Techonology & Values
GPA: 3.97/4.0

Notre Dame Dean’s List: Fall 2017 – Spring 2020
Stanford Hall St. Joseph Award for Family

Loyola Sacred Heart High School

Missoula, Montana

GPA: 4.0/4.0
SAT: 1470


Institute of Pharmacology, Universität Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany
Summer 2019

Laboratory Research Fellow, Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Marc Freichel

  • Establish a periaxin gene knockout model cell line by CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.
  • Collaborate with investigators and represent the University of Notre Dame in an international research setting.

International Heart Institute of Montana

Missoula, Montana
Summer 2018

Cardiac Research Intern, Advisor: Michael C. Reed, M.D.

  • Conduct research involving the hospital’s transition to a minimalist approach TAVR program.
  • Engage in discussion with doctors from around the U.S. at the Rocky Mountain Valve Symposium.
Kellen Round with his family
Kellen Round and friends at ND
Kellen Round with friends at Wrigley field
Kellen Round with Dad and little brother
Kellen Round with family in Germany
Kellen Round with mom, dad, brother and sister

Kellen Round

Bachelor of Science & Business
University of Notre Dame

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