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Sarah L. Keller

Adjunct Professor

Contact Information

BAG 214 (office), BAG 009 (lab)
Office Hours: 
Any time - by appointment


Ph.D., Physics, Princeton University, 1995
Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Barbara, Presidential Fellowship
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, NIH NRSA Fellowship

Sarah Keller is a biophysicist who investigates a wide range of research questions about self-assembly, complex fluids, and soft matter systems. Her research group’s primary focus concerns how "simple" lipid mixtures within bilayer membranes give rise to rich and complex phase behavior. In 2011 she was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society and she was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Her most recent national/international honor was the 2017 Avanti Award from the Biophysical Society. Her teaching and research mentoring at UW have been recognized with UW’s 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award and the UW Postdoctoral Association’s 2012 Mentor Award. From 2010 to 2014 she served as the Associate Dean for Research Activities for the UW College of Arts and Sciences before reverting to her natural state as a full-time scientist.