Prof. Keller is a biophysicist who investigates self-assembling soft condensed matter systems. Her group’s primary research focus concerns how lipid mixtures within bilayer membranes give rise to complex phase behavior, and how this behavior is manifested in biological membranes. She joined the UW faculty after earning her Ph.D. from Princeton University and completing postdoctoral research as a Presidential Fellow at UC Santa Barbara and as an NIH NRSA Fellow at Stanford University.
Prof. Keller has been recognized for her research, mentoring, and teaching. From the Biophysical Society, she has won the Avanti Award, the Tom Thompson Award, and the Dayhoff Award. She is a Cottrell Scholar and a STAR Awardee. She has been granted a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Her mentoring of early-career researchers has been recognized by the UW Postdoctoral Association’s Mentor Award. Her teaching has been recognized by a UW Distinguished Teaching Award.
Graduate students who work with Prof. Keller have won awards nationally (e.g. the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Research) and internationally (e.g. the Biophysical Society’s Student Research Achievement Award and the Lindau Fellowship). After graduating, they pursue a wide range of careers in industry, academia, and national labs. Prof. Keller's mentoring resources are available through the Keller Lab's website.
- CLICK ON EACH PAPER IN THE LIST BELOW FOR A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK AND ITS IMPACT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE KELLER GROUP WEBSITE AT http://faculty.washington.edu/slkeller/
- Caitlin E. Cornell, Alexander Mileant, Niket Thakkar, Kelly K. Lee, and Sarah L. Keller, 2020, Direct Imaging of Liquid Domains in Membranes by Cryo Electron Tomography, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 117:19713-19719.
- Caitlin E. Cornell, Roy A. Black, Mengjun Xue, Helen E. Litz, Andrew Ramsay, Moshe Gordon, Alexander Mileant, Zachary R. Cohen, James A. Williams, Kelly K. Lee, Gary P. Drobny, and Sarah L. Keller, 2019, Prebiotic amino acids bind to and stabilize prebiotic fatty acid membranes, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 116:17239-17244.
- Caitlin E. Cornell, Allison D. Skinkle, Shushan He, Ilya Levental, Kandice R. Levental, and Sarah L. Keller, 2018, Tuning length scales of small domains in cell-derived membranes and synthetic model membranes, Biophys. J., 115:690-701.
- Scott P. Rayermann, Glennis E. Rayermann, Caitlin E. Cornell, Alexey J. Merz, and Sarah L. Keller, 2017, Hallmarks of reversible separation of living, unperturbed cell membranes into two liquid phases, Biophys. J., 113:2425-2432.
- Fellowships, Awards & Honors: Faculty & Postdocs - August 20, 2021
- In Their Own Words: Faculty - August 19, 2021
- First cells on ancient Earth may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes - August 15, 2019
- Sarah Keller receives 2019 Cottrell Scholars STAR Award - April 2, 2019