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Staff profile – Kevin Keane

Dr Kevin Keane, Research Associate, School of Biomedical Sciences, has two past lives. The first was as a two star private in the Irish Reserve Defence Forces, the second as a summertime bricklayer in Perth, a career that lasted precisely five hours. Kevin has since turned his attention to more scientific matters, and has a particular interest in how nutritional factors affect cell metabolism, and how this impacts various metabolic disorders.


Dr Kevin Keane, Research Associate, School of Biomedical Sciences.
Dr Kevin Keane, Research Associate, School of Biomedical Sciences.

Name: Kevin Keane.

Title: Research Associate.

School: School of Biomedical Sciences.

Campus: Bentley.

How long have you worked at Curtin?

Four years.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

Pfizer, Perth.

What do you like best about your role?

Conducting scientific research means that each day is very challenging but different. I like this aspect as it keeps me on my toes!

Why did you choose your current career path?

Since I was young, I have always been interested in medicine and basic biological science. Research seemed an appropriate choice to combine the two, as a way to hopefully improve the lives of people with various disorders.

Dr Keane has always been interested in medicine and basic biological science.
Dr Keane has always been interested in medicine and basic biological science.

First job?

Lounge Boy/Waiter.

Worst job?

Well not exactly the worst, but the shortest. I laboured for a ‘brickie’ friend in Perth, and lasted five hours!! It was the peak of summer though! Surprisingly, we are still good friends!

What project are you currently working on, and what does it involve?

Our group is interested in how nutritional factors affect cell metabolism, and how this impacts various metabolic disorders. Recently, we have been collaborating with PIVET Medical Centre, a private IVF facility, and are investigating how nutrition and other lifestyle choice affects clinical IVF outcomes.

Your favourite place in the world and why?

A hunting lodge built in 1725 called the Hell Fire Club, which sits on top of Mountpellier Hill and overlooks my old suburb, Tallaght, in Dublin, Ireland. It is a spooky ruin that reminds me of my childhood, and has an exceptional view over Dublin city.

Your favourite cuisine and why?

Probably a Kebab or a Burrito!

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

In the words of Baz Luhrmann, ‘wear sunscreen’.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I was a two star private in the Irish Reserve Defence Forces.