What do we do?
Photos and Movies of Group Alumni:
Current Group Members:
We are interested in a wide range of questions concerning self-assembly, complex fluids, and soft matter systems, with a focus on lipid membrane biophysics and origins of life. We build collaborations to assemble teams with broad expertise to which our group members bring their training in physical chemistry, bioengineering, and soft condensed matter physics. What is soft condensed matter? Daan Frankel calls it "anything you can't take on an airplane", e.g. gels, aerosols, and fluids.
Roy Black - Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering.
Joan Bleecker - Graduate Student in Chemistry.
Awards: Molecular Biophysics Fellowship 2011-2013, UW graduate travel grant to 2012 Faraday Discussions in London, 2012-2013 UW Chemistry Graduate Student Merit Fellowship, 2013 Biophysical Society Travel Award, 2013 Lindau Fellow
Matt Blosser - Graduate Student in Physics.
Awards: UW Graduate School Top Scholar Award, Molecular Biophysics Fellowship (twice), finalist 2010 Biophysical Society Student Research Achievement Award, 2012 Biophysical Society Travel Award, UW's 2014 Lindau Fellow Nominee, 2014 Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
Moshe Gordon - Undergraduate Researcher.
Ranee James - Undergraduate Researcher.
Awards: UW Undergraduate Research Leader 2013-present, 2014 Mary Gates Scholarship, 2014 UW Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award
Sarah L. Keller - Professor of Chemistry.
UW Chem. Dept. page, Downloadable CV (pdf), Google Scholar Profile, Assoc. Dean, Link list
Jonathan Litz - Graduate Student in Chemistry.
Awards: NSF Graduate Fellow, 2012 Lindau Fellow, 2012 UW Travel Award, Leon J. Slutsky Endowed Fellow, Brian R. Reid Fellow, 2013 Biophysical Society Travel Award
Thomas Portet - Postdoctoral Fellow.
Awards: La Fondation Bettencourt Prix pour les Jeunes Chercheurs, UW Sackler Fellow, 2011 Travel Award to Soft Condensed Matter Gordon Conference, Prix Novela (Awarded by the City of Toulouse), Prix de l'Academie des Sciences - Inscriptions et Belles Lettres de Toulouse, Skinner Prize for Best Poster at the Faraday Discussion 161 on Lipids and Membrane Biophysics, London, 2013 UW Postdoctoral Mentor Award Honorable Mention
Scott Rayermann - Graduate Student in Chemistry.
Awards: George and Agnes Irene Cady Endowed Fellowship in Chemistry, Lloyd and Florence West Endowed Fellowship in Chemistry
What Keller Lab Members Need to Know
(Procedures, Travel, Posters/Papers, Ethics, etc.)
Get yourself a Fellowship, Job, Grant, Plan, Mentor, Career
Links to UW Seminars, UW User Facilities, and UW Biophysics
Keller Lab Publications, Press, and Open Source Code
Journal Covers: BBA '05, BBA '09, Soft Matt. '10, and BJ '13
Sarah Keller Teaching Page
25-min 2010 lecture presenting some of our research results to biochemists.
30-min 2012 lecture presenting other research results to theoretical physicists.
Descriptions of our lipid biophysics research -
using only the 10,000 most common words in English.
Photos and Movies of Current Group Members:
Lab tours - for Renton High (photos 1 and 2) and Zillah Middle School (photos 1, 2, and 3).
On site - Pacific Science Center (photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and Lincoln Elementary (photos 1, 2, and 3).
Resources - Surfactant Rocket Demo for Elementary Schools (.pdf)
refuses to age,
gets into her work,
reaches out (Renton High &
Zillah Middle School groups one,
two, & three),
isst und trinkt,
allies with a nobelist,
hosts Amy Cuddy,
packs the auditorium,
attracts a crowd,
lights up the lab,
dons chemist disguise,
avoids the eye,
reaches out to Renton High,
controls the horizontal & vertical,
brightens our lab,
lies under the sea,
attacks a wall,
introduces a PhD,
follows the leader,
takes a mugshot,
leaves a P'ton legacy,
enquires if you have written your manuscript draft (Quicktime .avi file).
inspires (1 &
2013 BPS dance,
2014 BPS photobooth &
2014 BPS dance.
Alumni: Post-Docs, Ph.D.s, and Masters (and their awards in our lab)
Jake Ashcraft -
M.S. in Chemistry, 2009.
Alumni: Undergraduate Researchers (and their awards in our lab)
Current Faculty at South Seattle Community College. Awards at UW: Natt-Lingafelter Graduate Award, UW-Chemistry Travel Award, Puget Sound Society for Technical Communication Scholarship.
Adrienne Battle - Ph.D. in Physics, 2007.
Current Faculty at Green River Community College. Awards at UW: ARCS Fellowship, Dept. of Physics Fellowship, IGERT Award from the UW Center for Nanotechnology.
Mebbie Beattie - M.S. in Chemistry, 2004.
Current Chemistry teacher. Awards at UW: Outstanding TA Award 2003, UW GK-12 Fellowship.
Marcus Collins - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2008.
Current Postdoctoral Fellow with Sharona Gordon. Awards at UW: Ruth Kirschstein NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Marci DeLeon - M.S. in Chemistry, 2002.
Current Chemist with the USDA.
Michael Halter - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2005.
Current NIST Research Scientist. Awards at UW: UW-MDITR STC Postdoctoral Travel Grant.
Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith - Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2010.
Current Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Awards at UW: Natt-Lingafelter Graduate Award, Molecular Biophysics Fellowship, Nanotechnology Fellowship (twice), 2007 Biophysical Society Travel Award, Travel Award to 2007 Gordon Conference on Mechanisms of Cell Signaling (Oxford, UK), Fellowship to Boulder Summer School for Complex Fluids and Biological Materials, UW Rabinovitch Fellowship, UW-Chemistry Travel Award, Best Poster at Geilo (Norway) Advanced Study Institute Winter School on Order, Robustness and Instabilities in Complex Systems, 2009 Soft Condensed Matter Gordon Conference Travel Award, UW 2009 CNT Student Symposium Best Presentation/Travel Award, UW Rowland Endowed Research Merit Award in Chemistry, National 2010 Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Research, National 2010 IGERT Project Meeting Poster Award, 2011 College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student in Natural Sciences, 2011 UW Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award
Heena Lakhani - M.S. in Chemistry, 2007.
Current NSF staff in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Awards at UW: UW GK-12 Fellowship.
Cynthia Stanich - Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2012.
Current Chemistry Lecturer at UW Tacoma. Awards at UW: Honen Fellowship, Travel Award to Chemistry Education Research Graduate Student Conference, Travel Award to 2010 Biophysical Society Conference, 2nd Place 2011 Biophysical Society Student Research Achievement Award, Department of Chemistry 2010-2011 Outstanding Teaching Award, 1st Place 2012 Biophysical Society Student Research Achievement Award, Travel Award to 2012 Conference on Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE)
Ben Stottrup - Ph.D. in Physics, 2005.
Current Associate Professor and Distinguished Mentor in Physics at Augsburg College. Awards at UW: Nanotechnology Fellowship Award, ASCB Travel Award.
Sarah Veatch - Ph.D. in Physics, 2004; Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2005.
Current Assistant Professor in Biophysics at the University of Michigan. Awards at UW: Henderson Prize in Physics, Karrer Prize in Physics, Nanotechnology Fellowship Award, BMSD Fellowship Award, Biophysical Society SRAA Award, Travel Award NATO Biophysics Summer School, Poster Competition NATO Biophysics Summer School, ASCB Travel Award, Biophysical Society Travel Award.
Laniesha Cobb -
UW NSF REU Participant; Became managing director at Teach for America.
Marie Higinbotham - 2012 NSF REU Researcher, current UW undergraduate and UAA Peer Advisor.
Pokuan (Paul) Ho - Current UW undergraduate working in neuropathology at Harborview hospital.
Peter Holmes - Current UW undergraduate, accepted to UW School of Dentistry.
Ben Horst - Mary Gates Scholar, Washington Research Foundation Fellowship, 2011-12 UW Undergrad Research Conference Travel Award.
Thien-An Hua - 2010 NSF REU Researcher, pre-medical student at UW.
Kim Klonoff - UW Chemical Sciences Research Fellow.
Andrea Lamprecht - Undergraduate Researcher, current medical student at Univ. of Queensland.
Jialing Li - UW NSF REU Participant; Became graduate student at MIT.
Matthew Loo - UW Undergrad Research Symposium Participant, Became professional engineer.
Rayna Matsuno - Became PhD in cancer epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Morgan McGuinness - 2011 NNIN REU Intern, Award for best NNIN poster; Current undergraduate.
Nathan Pennock - UW Mary Gates Undergrad Research Fellow; Became scientist at Univ Colo Denver Health Sci Center.
Jordan Starr - Undergraduate Dream Team Researcher; Became medical student at Univ of Michigan.
Daniel Stevens - Became graduate student at UCSB, then staff scientist at PATH.
Mark Stevens - 2007 & 2008 Mary Gates Scholar, UW Arts & Sciences Research Award, Chem Dept Merck Index Award; Became graduate student at MIT.
Emily Terrell - UW Space Grant Summer Research Program student; Became graduate student in enology at UBC.
Kathy Toreson - Became graduate student in neuroscience at Albany Medical College.
Cameron Turtle - NSF REU Undergraduate Dream Team, 2009-10 Mary Gates Scholar, 2011 Goldwater Scholar, 2012 Rhodes Scholar. TEDx talk (see 5:30)
vanquishes a wall,
watches the clock,
meets the nation,
commissions Libby Lipid.
finds fame in bottles by Sarah V, &
grins at her
wants a pony,
rocks the ed section,
preps to win,
nucleates a large domain,
cobbles together data,
slices through data,
rains data (thanks to Matt, Joan, and Thomas), &
guides 1 &
loves Langmuir troughs.
The Dream Team (Cam & Jordan)
give thumbs up, &
feed our humor.
meets another Jacob.
applies vacuum &
masters a technique.
plays it again,
is a cog in our machine,
upgrades to Mark II, &
stars in a TV commercial (0.5MB Quicktime).
takes data, &
celebrates Ph.D. (Veatch World Tour shirts
cuts a fine figure,
makes it look easy,
explains to Renton High,
regards work seriously,
masquerades as a pointy-headed scientist,
addresses the crowd,
accepts Skinner Prize,
exchanges "Ph.D." for "H.R.H.",
posts a doc,
flies the Tricolore,
admires Aurelia's sleeves,
mange la cena.
Photos and Movies of the Lab, Conferences, and the Membrane Chix:
evolves from empty in '01 to full in
dances with joy (.mov) for a new shutter,
functions as a well-oiled machine (.mov),
gathers at Honk Fest West '11,
achieves neutral buoyancy,
stares down computers, and
attends the 2011 UW undergrad research symposium.
Gold at Asilomar Int'l Ping-Pong Championship.
Long day at Biophys.
Greg, mild-mannered superman,
Membrane Structure and Assembly Subgroup '09 Membrane Biophysics Huzzah! (.mov)
and low res version.
2010 Biophysical Society work
3 Generations of Sarahs.
Department of Chemistry
University of Washington Box 351700
Seattle, WA 98195-1700 USA
e-mail: slkeller -at- chem.washington.edu
What do we do?
Photos and Movies of Group Alumni:
What do we do?
Photos and Movies of Group Alumni: