Dr. Kelly is a pediatric hematologist oncologist whose research interests are in transfusion and sickle cell disease. She is board certified in transfusion medicine and pediatric hematology oncology. Her current research is focusing on alloimmunization and tolerance induced by chronic erythrocytapheresis. She is an investigator in the NHLBI/NIH REDS-III transfusion safety and retrovirus donor program with a focus in Brazil and Tanzania. With Dr. Michael Busch (PrincipaI Investigator), Dr. Kelly is investigating the influence of sickle cell disease on HIV. She is performing in vitro experiments to determine if peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) collected from sickle cell disease (SCD) are less susceptible to HIV infection than PBMC collected from age, gender and race matched controls. Dr. Kelly is also Assistant Medical Director at Vitalant (formerly named Blood Centers of the Pacific), the Bay Area’s nonprofit blood service provider.