Keller Lab Members

Principal Investigator:

Charles Keller, MD

Charles KellerDr. Keller is a board-certified pediatric oncologist and NIH R01-funded investigator specializing in the development of more effective, less toxic therapies for the childhood muscle cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, and the childhood brain tumor, medulloblastoma. His special interest is advanced disease that has spread beyond the initial location of the cancer. Dr. Keller is investigating whether the genes thought to be responsible for the initial tumors are also important when the disease progresses, thereby identifying targets for new medical therapies.  To address these disease, Dr. Keller's laboratory encompasses a multidisciplinary team with expertise in genetically-engineered mouse models, biochemistry and biomedical engineering.  Dr. Keller is a Full Member of the Soft Tissue Sarcoma Committee of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and a participant in the COG Central Nervous System Biology Committee (groups which identify new opportunities for diagnosis and treatment of childhood sarcomas and brain tumors).  Dr. Keller is also a Consultant to the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.  Dr. Keller has authored more than 35 scientific publications.  Dr. Keller is also the inventor for multiple issued or pending patents and a co-founder of Numira Biosciences,

Dr Keller joined the Pape' Family Pediatric Research Institute, Department of Pediatrics, as Leader of the Pediatric Cancer Biology Program in June of 2010 as an Associate Professor (provisional) and the Tarshis Professor of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.  Dr. Keller also directs the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Initiative in the Pape' Family Pediatric Research Institute.  Dr. Keller is also a Member of the Knight Cancer Institute and the Oregon Stem Cell Center.  Dr. Keller was previously a Founding Principal Investigator of the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  For his education, Dr. Keller attended Tulane University where he received a degree in Biomedical Engineering prior to attending Baylor College of Medicine where he received his M.D. degree. After completing his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital, Dr. Keller trained in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of Utah and as a K08-funded postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of 2007 Nobel laureate, Mario R. Capecchi.


Postdoctoral Fellows:

Lara Davis, MD
Ken Kikuchi, MD, PhD
Sangeet Lal, PhD

Guanghing Li, MD, PhD


Staff Scientists:

Jinu Abraham, PhD

Jen Alabran, MS
Emma Cantor
Elaine Huang, MS


M.Imran Aslam
Amy Paul, RN


Liz Perkins