About Us


Matthew Kelly – Executive Vice President, Director of Science: a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University’s Biomedical Ethics and Biology Programs, Matthew’s undergraduate thesis examined the treatment of scientific authority by the United States criminal justice system. Following his undergraduate study, he earned his MPH and M.Phil degrees from Columbia University where, as a Wyman Scholar, he focused on the History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine. He is currently a doctoral student at Columbia University in a unique interdisciplinary program that jointly explores issues related to health and medicine through the lenses of history and ethics. In the past several years, he has written about several biomedical ethics and health related topics, including scientific journal practices and US healthcare legislation. In addition to studying social issues in science, Matthew has conducted primary research examining microbial resistance profiles in natural habitats. He comes to Individual U. from the New York Academy of Sciences, where he directed the organization’s biology, chemistry, and physics-based Science Research Training Program and served as the primary curriculum author for their Science Program. Prior to his time at the Academy, he oversaw a creative arts education program in Providence, writing that program’s first curriculum guide. In addition to his work in science, he conducts primary historical research and is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Medicine.

When he’s not reading or writing bioethics related articles, Matthew enjoys writing works for the stage, many of which have been professionally developed and produced. He is particularly interested in the use of absurdist theatre techniques to present complex social issues in science. In 2005 and again in 2010 he was nominated as a finalist for best new play by two theatres for his work in playwriting.

At Individual U., Matthew works with our core group utilizing his interdisciplinary training to enhance his instruction of biology, chemistry, physics, and math, as well as managing current programs.