Welkin was born in the fall of 1967, in a small town somewhere on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He grew up in a variety of places, including Detroit, Seattle, Chicago, Havre (Montana) and Monterey (California). He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (B.A. in Microbiology), and worked for a year at U.C. San Francisco as a research assistant in Jennifer Lavail’s laboratory. Welkin completed his graduate work in John Coffin’s lab at Tufts University (Ph.D. in Microbiology & Molecular Biology) and his postdoctoral training with Ron Desrosiers at Harvard Medical School. He is also an alumnus of the summer Workshop on Molecular Evolution at Woods Hole.
Welkin began his faculty career as an Assistant Professor (2005-2011) and later as an Associate Professor (2011-2012) of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School, where he was also a member of the Graduate Program in Virology. He joined the Biology Department at Boston College in early 2012, where he currently enjoys coffee, research, explaining to undergraduates why viruses are cool, and attending the occasional football game (not necessarily in that order).