Kelley Argraves, Ph.D.
I am originally from Maryland and I pursued my undergraduate education in Biology at Mount Saint Mary’s University, followed by training in bench research at the Holland Laboratory of the American Red Cross. I found a passion for scientific research and attended the George Washington University to earn my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduating, I relocated to Charleston, SC to join my husband, Scott and to obtain post-doctoral training in sphingolipid biology and vascular biology at the Medical University of South Carolina. (MUSC). I joined the faculty in the department of Cell Biology and Anatomy (later renamed Regenerative Medicine) and started a line of research mainly focused on sphingolipid signaling in vascular biology. Along the way, Scott and I had two children and many happy years including a productive scientific collaboration at MUSC. I was fortunate to have been funded continuously from 2002-2017 as the Principal Investigator on grants from NIH, American Heart Association and other agencies. Sadly, I lost my husband to a brain tumor (glioblastoma) in 2014 after a nine-month battle. Not long after, I witnessed my friends, Lennie and Denny struggle to understand CCS, the cancer with which their daughter Sara was diagnosed. Since there was so little known about CCS and no treatments or cures available, I decided to join Sara’s Cure to make a difference for Sara and all those diagnosed with CCS.