BS in Biology, Minor in chemistry, Concentration in neuroscience from Denison University
Areas of Research/Interest:
Gender, racial, and social equity in clinical research and medicine, Zika virus and reproductive health, use of genetic information and technology in medicine, research ethics/human subjects in research, resource allocation in healthcare, pre-approval access to experimental medications and the right to try
After finishing bachelor’s degree in biology, I received a grant to study vascular biology at Uppsala University in Sweden. When I returned to the U.S., I worked for the U.S. Department of Defense developing radiation countermeasures before deciding to apply to graduate school. My interest in bioethics grew when I began considering a career outside of the laboratory, where I could combine my passions for developing a more ethical world, working with people, and fostering scientific inquiry. At the Division of Medical Ethics at the NYU School of Medicine, my research focuses on how patients gain access to experimental medications outside of a clinical trial and the debate on the “right to try” movement. I am writing my thesis on gender and racial equity in clinical research. After graduation, I plan to pursue a PhD in the history and ethics and public health.
Hermann Biggs Health Policy Scholar, 2016-2017
Honorable Mention in Cell Signaling, Undergraduate Poster Competition, American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology national meeting, 2012
Sigma Xi inductee, 2012
Kelly McBride Folkers, Arthur L. Caplan, Lee H. Igel, “Zika, sexual transmission, and prudent public health policy,” publication forthcoming in Public Health
Andrew McFayden, Alexandra Hall, and Kelly McBride Folkers, “Vulnerable Patients and Right to Try. Doing More Harm Than Good,” February 21, 2017, http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2017/02/21/vulnerable-patients-and-right-to-try-doing-more-harm-than-good/
Arthur Caplan, Lee H. Igel, Kelly McBride Folkers, “How The Zika Virus Outbreak Foretold Donald Trump’s Win,” Forbes, December 5, 2016, http://www.forbes.com/sites/arthurcaplan/2016/12/05/how-the-zika-virus-outbreak-foretold-donald-trumps-win/#2140de7f11be
Kelly McBride Folkers, Arthur L. Caplan, “Compassionate Use: Fix What Is Broken,” Cancer Knowledge Network, October 31, 2016, https://cancerkn.com/compassionate-use-fix-broken/
Kelly McBride Folkers, Lisa Kearns, “A Primer on Compassionate Use,” Cancer Knowledge Network, October 11, 2016, https://cancerkn.com/primer-compassionate-use/
Kelly McBride Folkers, “Pregnancy, stigma, and moral responsibility in the Zika epidemic,” American Journal of Bioethics blog, September 14, 2016, http://www.bioethics.net/2016/09/pregnancy-stigma-and-moral-responsibility-in-the-zika-epidemic/
Kelly McBride Folkers, Arthur L. Caplan, Lee Igel, “Zika is an STD: Why are we not calling it one?” CNN Opinion, September 11, 2016, http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/11/opinions/zika-should-be-called-an-std/
Kelly McBride Folkers, “Zika: The Millennials’ S.T.D.?” The New York Times, August 20, 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/opinion/sunday/zika-the-millennials-std.html?_r=0
Kelly McBride Folkers, Arthur Caplan, “Public Health Guide for Travelers to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” published through the Department of Population Health and the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Arthur Caplan, Kelly McBride Folkers, “Commentary: Congress lets abortion politics derail Zika fight” The Chicago Tribune, July 5, 2016, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-zika-congress-sex-abortion-florida-perspec-0706-jm-20160705-story.html
Kelly McBride Folkers, Alison Bateman-House, Arthur Caplan, “The Senate should pass on a bad bill that won’t help the terminally ill: Another View,” The Harrisburg Patriot News, June 30, 2016, http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2016/06/the_senate_should_pass_on_a_ba.html#incart_river_index
Shukla A, Edwards R, Yang Y, Hahn A, Folkers K, Ding J, Velayuthan P, Yuspa SH. CLIC4 regulates TGF-β dependent myofibroblast differentiation to produce a cancer stroma. Oncogene (2013): 13;33(7):842-50.
Ronneburg Lecture Series at Denison University, “Access to Unapproved Medical Interventions in the Zika Epidemic,” February 2, 2017
New York City Atheists’ Society monthly meeting: “Moral Responsibility and Reproductive Rights in the Zika Epidemic,” October 27, 2016
Folkers, Kelly M. & Hinton, Ayana M. The Role of the Vacuolar H+-ATPase Subunit a Isoforms in Secretion and Activation of Cathepsin L in Human Breast Cancer Cells. American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology National Meeting at Experimental Biology 2012. San Diego, CA, April 2012. Abstract published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Research Associate, NYU School of Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics