RNA Faculty Spotlight – Evan Keller


We explore single cell transcriptomes through single cell RNASeq. Primarily focused on cancer.
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  • What are your research interests? I am interested in the interaction between the cancer and the microenvironment. This includes exploring how both macromolecules and physical forces modulate cancer growth. In addition, our lab focuses on single cell analysis technologies and are branching out into spatial analysis.


  • Who/what brought you to science? During my veterinary oncology residency at U. Wisconsin, a Professor, Stuart Helfand, invited me into the lab to perform some simple experiments. He worked on T-cells and cytokines. Once I started experimenting, I was bitten by the research bug and never looked back.


  • What advice would you give to students who’d like to get more involved in research? Volunteer in labs to find both your passion and a good partnership with the PI and lab team. Learn that research is challenging, yet has many rewards.


  • Are there any opportunities for students to engage in your projects, currently or in the future? In general, happy to take on committed undergrads.


  • What skills would they need, and what could they expect to learn? Skills are secondary to drive and integrity. We are happy to teach a variety of different lab methods. 


  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Raptor rehabilitation. These beautiful birds are often injured by interactions with humans. I would love to help them regain their health and freedom.

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