Professor Jeffrey Keelan
Director, Women’s and Newborn Health Research Network
Head, Women and Infants Health Research Laboratories
Deputy Director, Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF)
Associate Editor, Reproduction Fertility & Development
Professor Jeff Keelan received his undergraduate training in the UK and worked as a hospital laboratory scientist (biochemistry) before completing an MSc in Biochemistry (1986) and a PhD in Obstetrics from the University of Auckland in 1994. He conducted his postdoctoral training in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at the same University, before moving to the newly formed Liggins Institute in 2001.
Jeff relocated from Auckland to Perth in 2007 to further his interest in clinical and translational research. He is currently Professor of Obstetrics and Head of Laboratories at the School of Women’s and Infants’ Health at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH), University of Western Australia. He is Director of the Women and Newborn Health Research Network at KEMH (head of research governance), Deputy Director of the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF), Scientific Director of the Western Australia Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative, Co-Chair of the Microbiome Consortium of Western Australia (MiCWA) and Scientific Director of the WA Pregnancy Biobank (WAPB). He is Associated Editor of Reproduction, Fertility and Development and BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, and is on the Editorial Board of three other Journals.
His current research is centred on the pharmacological treatment of intraamniotic infection/inflammation, nanoparticle-based drug delivery in pregnancy, the intrauterine microbial and endocrine environment, amniotic fluid metagenomics and lipidomics. Jeff has supervised or mentored 68 research students and marked 44 theses and dissertations. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles cited more than 5500 times (h-index 39) and received more than $13 M in competitive grant funding from multiple sources including the NHMRC, ARC, Channel 7 Telethon Trust, Raine Foundation and March of Dimes.