Dr Don Keiller

Don Keiller

Principal Lecturer

Location: Cambridge
Tel No: +44 (0)1223 363271 (ext. 2151)
Fax No: +44 (0)1223 417712
E-mail: don.keiller@anglia.ac.uk


P.G.C.E. Cambridge University 1978
M.A. Natural Sciences, Cambridge University 1980
Ph.D. - Plant Biochemistry, Cambridge University 1982


  • Chair, Player Development Committee, MCC Universities, Cambridge Centre

Teaching Experience

Module Leader for:
Special Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology
Foundations of Cell Biology
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Metabolism and its Control
Laboratory Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences

Contributions to Other Modules:
Core Biology

Staff Profile

I have over 20 years of research experience, including 6 years of industrially-sponsored postdoctoral research, at Leicester and Sheffield Universities. As a post-doctoral researcher my research interests encompassed biochemical research (protein characterisation, and immunological techniques), photobiology (phytochome and plant U.V receptors) and photosynthesis (IRGA, polarography, chlorophyll fluorescence and developing mathematical models of photosynthesis). Whilst at Anglia Ruskin I worked on collaborative research projects with Cambridge University Department of Plant Sciences investigating the physiological, molecular and photosynthetic responses of plants to elevated ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation. I was also seconded to British Antarctic Survey for 4 months field research investigating the responses of endemic Antarctic flora to elevated UVB.

My current research interests are in the genomics and proteomics of Chlamydia, which is a collaborative project with Addenbrookes Hospital and the Sanger Institute. I am also working on a collaborative research project with Dan Gordon (Anglia Ruskin) and Dr. Richard Barnes (Cambridge University, Department of Medical and Veterinary Sciences) investigating the factors which affect the development of the "plateau" at VO2max.


  • Environmental Plant Physiology
  • Genomics and Proteomics of Chlamydia
  • Exercise Stress Physiology


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Gordon, D., Wood, F., Porter, A., Vetrivel, V., Gernigon, M., Caddy, O., Merzbach, V., Baker, J., Keiller, D., Barnes R. (2013). Influence of blood donation on the incidence of plateau at VO2max. European Journal of Applied Physiology. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-013-2743-3

Dan Gordon., Felicity Hughes., Katherine Young., Adrian Scruton., Don Keiller.,Oliver Caddy., Charlie Nevision., Richard Barnes( 2013) The Effects of Menstrual Cycle Phase on the Development of Peak Torque Under Isokinetic Conditions (in press).

Dan Gordon, Mashihullah Mehter, Marie Gernigon, Oliver Caddy, Don Keiller and Richard Barnes (2012). The effects of exercise modality on the incidence of plateau at VO2max. Clin. Physiol. Funct. Imaging; 32(5):394-9.

Caddy, O., Bond, P., Gordon, D., Barnes, R., Keiller, D., Gernigon, M. (2012). The effect of bio-feedback manipulation on incidence of plateau at VO2max. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. S434.

Gordon, D., Caddy, O., Ganyani, R., Gernigon, M., Bottinger, N., Latchford, J., Keiller, D., Barnes, R. (2012). Incidence of plateau at VO2max is influenced by prior knowledge of sprint number. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. S196.

Dan Gordon, Kari Schaitel, Amy Pennefather, Marie Gernigon, Don Keiller and Richard Barnes (2011) The incidence of plateau at V_O2max is affected by a bout of prior-priming exercise. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-097X.2011.01052.x)

Gordon D, Hopkins S, King C, Keiller D, Barnes RJ. (2011)
Incidence of the plateau at VO 2max is dependent on the anaerobic capacity.
Int J Sports Med.32(1):1-6.

Keiller, D.R., Mackerness, S. A-H. and Holmes, M.G. (2003) The action of a range of supplementary ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths on photosynthesis in Brassica napus L. in the natural environment: Effects on PSII, CO2 assimilation and level of chloroplast proteins. Photosynthesis Research 75, 139 - 150.

Holmes, M.G. and Keiller, D.R. (2002) A novel phototropic response to supplementary ultraviolet (UV-B and UV-A) radiation in the siliquas of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) grown under natural conditions. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 1, 890 - 895.

Holmes, M.G. and Keiller, D.R. (2002) Effects of pubescence and waxes on the reflectance of leaves in the ultraviolet and photosynthetic wavebands: a comparison of a range of species. Plant, Cell and Environment 25, 85-93.

Keiller, D.R. and Holmes, M.G. (2001) Effects of long term exposure to elevated UV-B on the photosynthetic performance of five broad-leaved tree species. Photosynthesis Research 67, 229-240

Montiel P., Smith A. & Keiller D. (1999) Photosynthetic responses of selected Antarctic plants to solar radiation in the Southern maritime Antarctic. Polar Research, 18(2), 229-235.

Keiller, D R, Slocombe S P and Cockburn, W (1994): "Analyses of Chlorophyll Fluorescence in C3 and CAM forms of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum" J Exp Bot (45) pp 325-334

Keiller, D R & Walker, D A (1990): "The Use of Chlorophyll Fluorescence to Predict Carbon Dioxide Fixation During Photosynthetic Oscillations". Proc. R. Soc. Lond. (241), pp 59-64.

Keiller, D R & Smith, H (1989): "Control of Carbon Partitioning by Light Quality Mediated by Phytochrome". Plant Science (63), 25-29.

Keiller, D R & Sivak, M N (1989): "Genetic Variation in the Response of Wheat Photosynthesis to Chilling". Ann. Rep. Robert Hill Inst. University of Sheffield, pp 53-56.

Keiller, D R & Walker, D A (1989): "The Use of Chlorophyll Fluorescence to Predict Carbon Dioxide fixation During Photosynthetic Oscillations". Ann. Rep. Robert Hill Inst. University of Sheffield, pp 57-59.

Keiller, D R & Sivak, M N (1989): "Resolution of Different Components of Non-Photochemical Quenching in Intact Leaves". Ann. Rep. Robert Hill Inst. University of Sheffield, pp 60-63.

Keiller, D R & Morgan, D G (1988): "Distribution of 14 Carbon-Labelled Assimilates in Flowering Plants of Oilseed Rape". J. Agric Sci (111), 347-356.

Keiller, D R & Morgan, D G (1988): "Effect of Pod Removal and Plant Growth Regulators on the Growth, Development and Carbon Assimilate Distribution in Oilseed Rape". J. Agic Sci (111), 357-363.

Keiller, D R, Whitelam, G C & Smith, H (1988): "Polyclonal Antibodies Raised to Phycocyanins Contain Components Specific for the Red-Absorbing Form of Phytochrome". Planta (196), 391-398.

Keiller, D R & Sivak, M N (1988): "A Fully-computerized System for the Measuring of Multiple Aspects of Photosynthesis During Induction and Gas Transients". Ann. Rep. Res. Inst. Photosynthesis, University of Sheffield, pp 16-17.

Keiller, D R, Paul, M J & Cockburn, W (1987): "Regulation of Reserve Carbohydrate Metabolism in Mesembryanthemum crystallinum exhibiting C3 and CAM Photosynthesis". New Phytol. (107), 1-13.

Keiller, D R and Mathews, J C (1983): "Preparational C-labelled Plant Material for Liquid Scintillation Counting". Int J Appl Radiat Isot (34), 1478-1481

Morgan, D G, Keiller, D R & Prynne, A O (1983): "Nitrogen, Growth Regulators and Pod Development in Oilseed Rape". British Plant Growth Regulator Monograph 9, 75-86.

Keiller, D R & Mathers, J C (1983): "Preparation of 14 Carbon-Labelled Plant Material for liquid Scintillation Counting". Int. J. App Radiat. Isotopes 34, 1479-1481.

Morgan, D G, Keiller, D R & Prynne, A O (1983): "Control of Flower and Pod Development in Oilseed Rape". Proceedings of 6th International Rapeseed Conference, pp 110-115.
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