What do we do?
Department of Chemistry
Group Members Summer 2013:
We are interested in a wide range of questions concerning self-assembly, complex fluids, and soft matter systems, with a particular focus on lipid membrane biophysics. To date, group members have had expertise 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. fluids, gels, and aerosols.
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
Ranee James - Undergraduate Researcher.
Awards: UW Undergraduate Research Leader 2013-present
Sarah L. Keller - Professor of Chemistry.
UW Chem. Dept. page, CV (pdf file), Associate Dean links, Personal links
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.
What Keller Lab Members Need to Know (Procedures, Lipids, 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
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 research -
using only the 10,000 most common words in English.
Photos and Movies:
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) and Lincoln Elementary (photos 1, 2, and 3).
Resources - Surfactant Rocket Demo for Elementary Schools (.pdf)
Journal Covers -
Sarah V. BBA '05,
Aurelia & Sarah V. BBA '09,
Mark & Aurelia Soft Matt. '10,
Cynthia et al. BJ '13,
Alumni: Post-Docs, Ph.D.s, and Masters (and their awards)
Andrea - Clicks.
Aurelia - Sculpts. Vanquishes a wall. Grows taller. Bangs a drum. Wears hats. Marches. Watches the clock. Competes. Tours Jerusalem. Presides. Carves.
Ben H. - Peers. Presents. Meets the nation. Makes the local news. Describes. Commissions Libby the Lipid.
Ben S. - Earns Ph.D. Finds fame in bottles by Sarah V. Plays guitar with Mike.
Cynthia - Presents. Cracks up. Wins 2nd, and Grins at her Prize. Is dwarfed by vesicles and a pony. Smiles for real. Rocks the ed section. Preps for the win. Nucleates a large domain. Wins 1st. Froths. Cobbles together data. Poses. Pours. Slices through data. Rains data, thanks to Matt, Joan, and Thomas. Mentors.
Daniel - Loves Langmuir troughs.
Dream Team (Cam and Jordan) - Give thumbs up. Feed our humor.
Jake - Plays with dry ice. Meets another Jacob.
Joan - Refuses to age. Electroforms with Thomas. Lines up and takes flight. Plays third. Runs. Summits. Froths. Weighs choices. Points. Gets into her work. Illuminates. Reaches out to Renton High and Zillah Middle School groups one, two, and three. Isst und trinkt. Allies with a Nobelist.
Marcus - Toasts. Pokes.
Margaret - Applies vacuum.
Marie - Masters a technique.
Mark - Squints. Wears hats. Graduates. Gets happy. Plays it again. Has another. Is a cog in our machine. Goes mad. Upgrades to Mark II. Commissions art.
Matt - Ponders injera. Wrangles samples. Attracts a crowd. Wears shoes. Advances. Lights up the lab. Dons chemist disguise. Avoids the eye. Learns a new lab technique. Reaches out (to Renton High). Mentors. Connives. Carves. Hosts. Introduces. Answers.
Mebbie - Stars in a TV commercial. (0.5MB Quicktime)
Morgan - Measures. Presents.
Peter - Blooms.
Ranee - Convinces.
Rayna - Pipettes.
Roy - Adventures. Leads.
Sarah K. - Examines samples. Confers degrees. Attacks a wall. Makes water. Flames out. Introduces a PhD. Drops balls. Says "kampai"! Visits. Cooks the data. Hosts. Follows the expert. Co-nominates. Roves (1) (2), and (3). Takes a mugshot.
Sarah V. - Smiles. Takes data. Celebrates Ph.D. (note "Veatch World Tour" shirts by Ben).
Schiller - Enquires if you've written your manuscript draft (Quicktime .avi file).
Thien-An - Says "mmm".
Thomas - Cuts a fine figure. Ages. Explains. Makes it look easy. Renews. Shows and Explains (to Renton High students). Regards his work seriously. Masquerades as a pointy-headed scientist. Addresses the crowd. Eclipses the competition. Accepts Skinner Prize. Exchanges "Ph.D." for "H.R.H." Posts a doc. Blooms. Flies the French flag. Admires Aurelia's sleeves. Mentors. Mange la cena.
Lab - Evolves from empty ('01) to full in 2004 and 2011. Dances with joy (.mov) for a new shutter. Functions as a well-oiled machine (.mov). Eats wat. Suits up. Honk Fest West ('11). Achieves neutral buoyancy. Stares down computers. Undergrad research symposium ('11).
Conferences - Takes gold at Asilomar Int'l Ping-Pong Championship. Adrian, and with Helmut. Long day at Biophys. Greg, mild-mannered superman, takes flight. Membrane Structure and Assembly Subgroup '09 Membrane Biophysics Huzzah! (.mov) and low res version. 2010 Biophysical Society work and play. 3 Generations of Sarahs. 2013 BPS dance. Membrane Chix.
Jake Ashcraft -
M.S. in Chemistry, 2009.
Alumni: Undergraduate Researchers:
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 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 the 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, Travel Award to 2009 Gordon Conference on Soft Condensed Matter, UW 2009 CNT Student Symposium Best Presentation and Travel Award, UW Research Merit Award from the Rowland Endowed Fellowship in Chemistry, 2010 Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Research (Iota Sigma Pi), Poster Award at National 2010 IGERT Project Meeting, 2011 College of Arts and 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 Research Assistant at Harvard. 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.
Peter Holmes - Current UW undergraduate.
Marie Higinbotham - 2012 NSF REU Researcher, current UW undergraduate.
Pokuan (Paul) Ho - Current UW undergraduate working in neuropathology at Harborview hospital.
Ben Horst - Mary Gates Research Endowment Award, Washington Research Foundation Fellowship, 2011-12 UW Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award; Current UW undergraduate conducting research with Jim Mayer.
Thien-An Hua - 2010 NSF REU Researcher, pre-medical student at UW.
Kim Klonoff - UW Chemical Sciences Research Fellow.
Andrea Lamprecht - Undergraduate Researcher.
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" Researcher, 2009-10 Mary Gates Scholar, 2012 Rhodes Scholar. 2011 UW Goldwater Scholar. See ~5:30 in his TEDx talk
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Seattle, WA 98195-1700 USA
e-mail: slkeller -at- chem.washington.edu
What do we do?
Department of Chemistry
What do we do?
Department of Chemistry