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Judy Keen, Ph.D.

Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow                      
Strong background in research and securing funding
Science policy experience at the state and federal levels
Well-developed network in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 

Boards and Volunteer Activities

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Global Alumni Network, 2017 – present
  • Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, Alumni Council member, 2016 – present
  • Sci on the Fly, Founder and board member, 2012 – present
  • Liberal Education, American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2014 – present 

American Society for Radiation Oncology, Fairfax, VA

Director of Scientific Affairs

Presently, leader in development of new scientific programs for a professional society with over 10,000 members worldwide. Experienced scientific researcher, grant writer and reviewer, and program director with hands-on knowledge of academic, non-profit, and government institutions. Dedicated leader who understands how to incorporate new technologies and procedures into ongoing projects in a dynamic fashion. Effective communicator and manager who has led diverse teams in fast-paced, evolving, and challenging environments.

National Breast Cancer Coalition, Washington, DC

March 2015 – January 2016 Director of Research Collaborations

  • Scientific oversight for all science programs
  • Program director for all Research Projects
  • Provide in depth analysis of the latest scientific data for all staff, government relations, and advocates

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

August 2012 – March 2015

Program Director Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, Cancer Diagnosis Program, Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (BBRB)

  • Strategic planning, budgeting, and coordination of genomic, clinical data and biospecimen collection
  • Develop new funding programs in biospecimen science for scientific researchers
  • Communicate latest findings through peer reviewed publications and presentations

Health Science Analyst AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of the Director, Office of Science Planning and Assessment

  • Developed strategic plans and recommendations for senior staff
  • Coordinated the NCI scientific advances for US Presidential and Congressional Reporting
  • Aided in the creation and review of the Women’s Health Grant Supplement

Sci on the Fly, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Program Blog, Washington, DC

2012 – Present Blog Developer and Editor, Creator, Blogger, Editorial Board

  • Co-creator of the Sci on the Fly blog (
  • Founding Member of Sci on the Fly Editorial Board

n3 science communications, Chevy Chase, MD

2010 – 2013 Owner/Founder

  • Review and reporting of scientific evidence for non-profit, and for-profit companies
  • Conduct seminars to improve science communication skills

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

2006 – 2012 Assistant Professor , Department of Medicine

  • Secured external funding to support breast cancer research efforts
  • Demonstrate how chemotherapy can be improved in breast and pancreatic cancer
  • Subject Matter expert for grant review panels and peer-reviewed journals
  • Promoted STEM Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Aided in the development a Systems Biology Research Consortium and Facility
  • Testified at the NJ State Assembly in support of the System Biology Research Facility

Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Camden, NJ

2005 – 2006 Senior Program Director

  • Principal Investigator of $10+ Million contract of the Human Genetics DNA Repository
  • Secured $2 Million in contracts to expand and develop new repositories
  • Developed, managed, and guided scientific coordination and public outreach among researchers, professional societies, and patients

University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

2003 – 2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

  • Established online laboratory class for undergraduate non-biology majors

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

1994 – 1997 Senior Laboratory Technician, Department of Anesthesiology

  • Studied novel pathways involved in the relaxation of muscle tissues in asthma

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

1993 – 1994 Laboratory Technician, Department of Psychiatry

  • Conducted experiments on prenatal cocaine effects on the dopaminergic system

Non–Profit and Advocacy Experience

  • American Association for Cancer Researchers, 2001 – present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012 – present
  • American Cancer Society, Local Ambassador, 1999 – 2003
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, Philadelphia, 2012 – 2013
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, National, 2005 – 2006
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association Research Group, 2005 -2006
  • American Medical Writers Association, 2010 – 2013
  • Heart of Camden, 2006-2007
  • New Jersey State Assembly, Appropriations, Provided Testimony, 2006
  • New Jersey Systems Biology Building Committee, 2005 – 2010
  • Sci on the Fly, Science and policy blog, in collaboration with AAAS, 2013 – present
  • Siemens College Scholarship Program, first round judge, 2004- present

Scientific Grant Review Panels and Subject Matter Expert

  • Breast Cancer Campaign UK, Grant Review Panel, 2010
  • Department of Defense, CDMRP Grant Review Panel, 2008 –2011
  • Educational Testing Service,Grader, Biology Advanced Placement Exam, 2006
  • Fellows Day, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Winner, 2006
  • Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Grant Panel, 2010-2011
  • National Institutes of Health, Ad Hoc Grant Review Panel, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, Grant Review Panel, 2006
  • National Science Foundation Grant Review Panel,2009, 2011 – 2013
  • New York State Breast Cancer Grant Program, Reviewer, 2010
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grant Review Panel, 2009 – 2011
  • Scientific Journal Reviewer, 2001 – 2012
  • Siemens Foundation College Scholarship, Judge, 2004 – Present
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Science Day Judge, 2005, 2009


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Postdoctoral Training, School of Medicine, Breast Cancer, 2001 – 2005 Mentor: Dr. Nancy Davidson Ph.D., Bloomberg School of Public Health, Environmental Health Science – Physiology, 2001 Mentors: Dr.Marsha Wills-Karp, Dr. Steve Georas Master of Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Biotechnology, 1997

Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1992


Grant and Contract Management

Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on grants and contracts totaling over $11 Million Manager of biospecimen and data collection program totaling over $20 Million

Leadership and training certifications

  • Federal Contract Officers Representative
  • Project Management Strategic Planning and Facilitation
  • Congressional Operations

Publications and Peer – reviewed manuscripts

  • Keen and Moore, Journal of Personalized Medicine 5:22-19 (2015)
  • Williams et al, PLoS One 5:e15455 (2010)
  • Licata et al, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 122:55 (2010)
  • Brody et al, Future Oncology 5:1317 (2009)
  • Constantino et al, Cancer Research 69: 4567 (2009)
  • Obajimi et al, Prostate 69:1206 (2009)
  • Hostetter et al,Cancer Letters 275: 178 (2009)
  • Hostetter et al, Cancer Biology and Therapy 7:1496 (2008)
  • Keen et al, Cancer Biology and Therapy 7: 1591 (2008)
  • Simon-Sanchez et al, Human Mol Gen 16:1 (2006)
  • Huang et al. J Biol Chem 281:19055 (2006)
  • Abukhdeir et al,Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 99: 23 (2006)
  • Keen et al, J Biol Chem 208: 29519 (2005)
  • Keen et al, Cancer Biology and Therapy 3: 1304 (2004)
  • Keen et al, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 81: 177 (2003)
  • Huang et al,Molecular Cancer Research 2: 81 (2004)
  • Keen and Davidson, Cancer 97:825 (2003)
  • Keen et al, Immunology 117: 29 (2005)
  • Valapour et al, J Allergy and Clinical Immunology 109:238 (2002)
  • Keen et al, Am J of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 24: 58 (2001)
  • Guo et al, J Biol Chem 276:48871 (2001)
  • Emala et al, Am J of Cell Physiology 279: C1008 (2000)
  • Shears et al, Am J of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 27: L640 (1997)
  • Emala et al, Am J of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 16: L745 (1997) 

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