Kelsey received a BS degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and majored in Biochemistry. She is rostered in the Department Biochemistry. Kelsey's first lab rotation was with Dr. Jeffrey Cameron in the Department of Biochemistry. Her second lab rotation was with Dr. Steven Schmidt in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her third lab rotation was with Dr. Sebastian Kopf in the Department of Geological Sciences. Kelsey is advised by Dr. Jeffrey Cameron.