Keith is the Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Biology and Health Human, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. As part of his postdoc with Jim Collins at the Wyss Institute, he developed two exciting new biotechnologies for applications in healthcare. The first was a low cost system that brings molecular diagnostics, usually limited to clinical labs, to the point-of-care and global health applications (< $1 per test), and the second enabled the manufacture of protein therapeutics (e.g. vaccines) outside of the laboratory in a system that, much like instant soup, just requires water to be added.
In an ongoing collaboration with Jim Collins at the Wyss Institute, Keith continues to extend the reach of these technologies to human health. This includes a funded international effort (CIHR/IDRC) to test the diagnostics platform in human and field trials in Latin America for Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. Other efforts include the development of electronic hardware to aid the practical deployment of these molecular tools to the field. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Alberta, a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.