Ben Keitz
Research Interests

We work at the interface of biological, inorganic, and materials chemistry/engineering to study protein-protein interactions and develop new catalysts and therapeutics.

Specifically, we are interested in the production and modification of inorganic materials by facultative anaerobes (Shewanella and Geobacter) and whether these organisms can be used to direct the formation of new materials with specific properties. Ultimately, we aim to develop a system where materials are "evolved" and selected for a specific task, such as a catalytic reaction.

Another area of interest is the interaction of amyloid-forming proteins (Abeta, alpha-synuclein, etc.) with functionalized inorganic and organic materials and whether these materials can serve as artificial chaperones that select for specific aggregate sizes and structures (polymorphs).

Regions of Academic Interest