Keisha N. Hardeman, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, MBCMPostdoctoral Scholar
Keisha received her B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from Texas A&M University and her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Vanderbilt University. Her graduate work focused on the metabolism of BRAF-mutated melanomas under the mentorships of Drs. Vito Quaranta and Joshua Fessel. Her dissertation research investigated the heterogeneity of tumor responses to targeted inhibitors, and how glycolysis and redox balance is affected. Keisha joined the Starbird lab in June 2023 and is studying the structures TAM receptor kinase domains to aid in developing targeted therapies in breast and melanoma cancers. Keisha is a former high school teacher, teaching 9th and 10th graders chemistry and physics. Keisha also completed a post-baccalaureate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and is board certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and Molecular Biologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Keisha loves playing golf (varsity in high school), archery (classic bow, NOT compound), board and card games.