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Janet S. Keithly

Janet S. Keithly

Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center,

Office of Research and Technology
Coordinator, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Volunteer Programs

Associate Professor, School of Public Health,
Biomedical Sciences

Ph.D., Iowa State University
Postdoctoral training, Rutgers University and Rockefeller University


Research Interests

Currently, my primary research interest is the coordination of an NSF-sponsored Site Grant which funds a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program entitled “Networked Ventures for Collaborative Biological Discovery”. Each year 10 outstanding undergraduates are selected to participate in this program which provides cutting-edge research experiences in collaborative scientific discovery to help them gain insight into how scientific research is conducted. Students can chose either a traditional, single-mentored research project, or a networked collaborative project in which two students are networked together with one or two mentors to tackle a common research problem. The diverse range of research projects includes genetics, ecology and evolution of microbes, dynamics of cell motility, molecular genetics of prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses, structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, and visualization of cells and complex biological molecules. The website for this program is I also coordinate the Volunteer Program for undergraduate and high school students interested in research. The website for this program is

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Phone: 518-473-6961