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Sarah L. Keller

Representative Publications


S.P. Rayermann, G.E. Rayermann, C.E. Cornell, A.J. Merz, and S.L. Keller, Hallmarks of reversible separation of living, unperturbed cell membranes into two liquid phases, Biophys. J., 113, 2425-2432, 2017.


C.E. Cornell, N.L.C. McCarthy, K.R. Levental, I. Levental, N.J. Brooks, and S.L. Keller, Lengths of n-alcohols govern how Lo-Ld mixing temperatures shift in synthetic and cell-derived membranes, Biophys. J, 113, 1200-1211, 2017.


J.V. Bleecker P.A. Cox, and S.L. Keller, Mixing Temperatures of Bilayers Not Simply Related to Thickness Differences between Lo and Ld Phases, Biophys. J., 110, 2305-2308, 2016. 


M.C. Blosser, A.R. Honerkamp-Smith, T. Han, M. Haataja, and S.L. Keller, Transbilayer Colocalization of Lipid Domains Explained via Measurement of Strong Coupling Parameters, Biophys. J., 109, 2317-2327, 2015. (Cover article)


R.A. Black, D.W. Deamer, M.C. Blosser, B.L. Stottrup, R. Tavakley, and S.L. Keller, Nucleobases bind to and stabilize aggregates of a prebiotic amphiphile, providing a viable mechanism for the emergence of protocells, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 110, 13272-13276, 2013.


C.A. Stanich, A.R. Honerkamp-Smith, G.G. Putzel, C.A. Warth, A.K. Lamprecht, P. Mandal, E. Mann, T.D. Hua, and S.L. Keller, Coarsening Dynamics of Domains in Lipid Membranes, Biophys. J., 105, 444-454, 2013. (Cover Article)


T. Portet, S.E. Gordon, and S.L. Keller, Increasing Membrane Tension Decreases Miscibility Temperatures; an Experimental Demonstration via Micropipette Aspiration, Biophys. J., 103, L35-37, 2012. (Featured article; free download)


A.R. Honerkamp-Smith and S.L. Keller, Experimental Observations of Dynamic Critical Phenomena in a Lipid Membrane, Phys. Rev. Lett., 108, 165702, 2012.


A.R. Honerkamp-Smith, S.L. Veatch, and S.L. Keller, An Introduction to Critical Points for Biophysicists; Observations of Compositional Heterogeneity in Lipid Membranes, Biochim. Biophys. Acta – Biomembr., 1788, 53-63, 2009. (Review and Cover Article) 


M.D. Collins and S.L. Keller, Tuning Lipid Mixtures to Induce or Suppress Domain Formation across Leaflets of Unsupported Asymmetric Bilayers, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 105, 124-128, 2008.


S.L. Veatch and S.L. Keller, Seeing Spots: Complex Phase Behavior in Simple Membranes, Biochim. Biophys. Acta (Invited), 1746, 172-185, 2005. (Review and Cover Article)


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Awards & Activities

  • Avanti Award, Biophysical Society, 2017
  • Sommorjai Miller Visiting Prof. (UC Berkeley), 2016
  • Thomas E. Thompson Award, Biophysical Society, 2014
  • Fellow of the AAAS 2013
  • UW Postdoctoral Association Mentor Award, 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 2012-2013
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2011
  • Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • ASBMB Avanti Young Investigator in Lipid Research, 2010
  • UW Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006
  • Dayhoff Award, Biophysical Society, 2005
  • Cottrell Teacher-Scholar Award, 2004
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2002
  • Research Innovation Award (Research Corporation), 2001
  • National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (NRSA)
  • University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship

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