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Emma Keeler

I am fascinated by microorganisms and their roles in human health and disease. My past and present projects have afforded me exciting opportunities to study fungi, bacteria, viruses, and now parasites. I came to Penn after completing a two-year project involving the recovery of and screening of clinically relevant fungi from deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Today, most of my time is spent in the Bushman Lab studying the virome of human parasites and completing my thesis project on the host tropism of redondoviruses. I have published two first-author papers while at Penn and I have an accepted review awaiting publication. Outside of the lab, I am a Research Peer Advisor with CURF and Founder and President of the Penn Infectious Disease Club.


Awards Received

  • Goldwater Scholar (Awarded by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, Apr. 2021)
  • Translational Research Intern (Awarded by the National Institutes of Health, Apr. 2021)
  • University Scholar (Awarded by the University of Pennsylvania, Dec. 2020)
  • Student Presentation Award Recipient at the Philadelphia Infection and Immunity Forum (Awarded by the American Society for Microbiology, Dec. 2020)
  • Marks Family Writing Fellow (Awarded by Awarded by the Marks Family Writing Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Dec. 2020)
  • College Alumni Society Research Grant Recipient (Awarded by the University of Pennsylvania, Apr. 2020)

Research positions held 

  • Research Assistant in the Bushman Laboratory (Perelman School of Medicine, Sept. 2019 to Present)
  • Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of Infectious Diseases (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Apr. 2020 to Present)
  • Clinical Data Analyst in the Division of Infectious Diseases (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Apr. 2020 to Dec. 2020)
  • Research Assistant in the Edgcomb Laboratory (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Jun. 2017 to Dec. 2019)
  • Student Intern in the German Laboratory (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the National Aeronautics and Space Association, Jun. to Aug. 2015 & 2016)