McKinley is from Colorado and received her bachelor’s in Integrative Physiology from CU Boulder. She joined the Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory in 2021 and is working towards her master’s degree. McKinley works on two clinical trials for the laboratory, with her primary focus investigating the role of nitrate supplementation on vascular health in chronic kidney disease patients. Next year McKinley plans to go into secondary science education. Outside of the laboratory McKinley loves to bike, hike, and ski.