Texas Tech University

Brendan Kelly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cotton Fiber Phenomics
Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institiute

Email: brendan.kelly@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-0326

Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute
Department of Plant and Soil Science 
Texas Tech University 
1001 East Loop 289 
Mail Stop 45019 
Lubbock, TX 79409-5019

Brendan Kelly


Dr. Kelly is a West Texas native from Midland, TX. Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty, Dr. Kelly worked as a research associate and research assistant at Tech's Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute. He also served as a research assistant and teaching assistant in Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and his doctorate degree in Plant and Soil Science from Texas Tech University.

Research Interests

Dr. Brendan Kelly runs the Cotton Phenomics Laboratory at the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute in Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science. He holds a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. His research utilizes large cotton fiber phenomics data sets generated by modern cotton fiber quality evaluation instruments. One of his primary goals here at Tech is to work with the research community and industry partners to improve the utilization and understanding of cotton fiber quality in research. His approach includes leveraging information about fiber quality provided by existing instruments, along with the evaluation of new protocols and instruments. Dr. Kelly's multivariate approach has led to a better understanding of the impact within-sample variation in fiber quality has on industrial processing and spun yarn quality. 


  • PSS 100 - Freshman and Transfer Seminar
    • Exposure to scientific disciplines, time management strategies, various learning syles, support services, employment opportunities, and social organizations within the Department of Plant and Soil Science.
  • PSS 1321 - Agronomic Plant Science
    • Importance, distribution, and use of major world agronomic crops. Fundamentals of growth, structure and adherence to professional ethics. 
  • PSS 4100 - Seminar
    • Utilization of writing and oral presentation skills. Continued enhancement of education skills and adherence to professional ethics. 
  • PSS 5370 - U.S. and Global Cotton Fiber-Textile Industries
    • Examination of factors affecting cotton production, processing, marketing, and utilization as an industrial raw material for textile manufacturing. 

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