Prior to joining Bozicevic Field & Francis, Kelly accumulated valuable drafting and patent prosecution experience working at FB Rice (Sydney, Australia) and registered as an Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney in 2014. Kelly has already had broad exposure to drafting and prosecuting patent applications in areas such as organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, food processing, composites and separation technologies. Kelly has also had experience in freedom to operate searches and opposing the grant of competitors’ patent applications in both Australia and New Zealand.
Kelly graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and was awarded the Senior Prize in Chemistry as the top graduating student from her year. Kelly then moved to the Australian National University to complete a BSc(Hons) in synthetic organic chemistry for which she was awarded a University Medal in chemistry. Kelly has also completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2006. Her research focused on a formal total synthesis of the marine diterpenoid Diisocyanoadociane and was awarded the Dean’s prize for the best PhD thesis 2006 in the Research School of Chemistry, ANU. While at the ANU Kelly also worked on the synthetic manipulations of Gibberellins and the Galbulimima alkaloids.
After the completion of her PhD Kelly undertook significant post-doctoral research, including a period at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), working on the synthesis of polypropionate compounds. She also conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Sydney (synthesis of cyclic peptides) and has worked in the corporate sector as an organic chemist looking at the separation and identification of impurities in Agricultural Products.
Kelly has published extensively in industry journals and is a named inventor on a patent. Her PhD work has been published as a chapter in the series, Strategies and Tactics in Organic Synthesis, and she has presented her work at numerous scientific conferences.