Paul Keim

Dr. Keim is the Cowden Endowed Chair of Microbiology at Northern Arizona University. He also serves as the Director of Pathogen Genomics at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, and as a research affiliate at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The results of his research are used in microbial forensics, molecular epidemiology and disease diagnostics.

Dr. Keim is one of the world’s leading researchers in anthrax, and his university laboratory houses one of the largest anthrax strain collections in the world. His laboratory was instrumental to informing the US government’s response to the 2001 anthrax attacks, identifying the strain of anthrax used and analyzing forensic evidence.

Dr. Keim holds a Ph.D. in plant biochemistry from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the National Science Advisory Board on Biodefense and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He was responsible for an American Society for Microbiology report that led to the founding of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on Microbial Forensics.