Dr Don Keiller

Principal Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Don has over 20 years of research experience, including six years of industrially-sponsored postdoctoral research, at Leicester and Sheffield Universities. He has also worked on collaborative research projects with Cambridge University and Addenbrooke's Hospital.



As a postdoctoral researcher, Don’s interests encompassed biochemical research (protein characterisation, and immunological techniques), photobiology (phytochome and plant UV receptors) and photosynthesis (IRGA, polarography, chlorophyll fluorescence and developing mathematical models of photosynthesis).

While at Anglia Ruskin, Don has worked on collaborative research projects with Cambridge University Department of Plant Sciences investigating the physiological, molecular and photosynthetic responses of plants to elevated ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation. He was also seconded to British Antarctic Survey for four months' field research, investigating the responses of endemic Antarctic flora to elevated UVB.

Don’s current research interests are in the genomics and proteomics of chlamydia, which is a collaborative project with Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Sanger Institute. He's also working on a collaborative research project with Dan Gordon (Anglia Ruskin) and Dr Richard Barnes (Cambridge University, Department of Medical and Veterinary Sciences) investigating the factors which affect the development of the 'plateau' at VO2max.

Research interests

  • Environmental plant physiology
  • Genomics and proteomics of chlamyda
  • Exercise stress physiology

Areas of research supervision

  • Genomics and proteomics of chlamydia


BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
Module Leader for Foundations of Cell Biology
Module Leader for Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


PhD Plant Biochemistry, Cambridge University, 1982
MA Natural Sciences, Cambridge University, 1980
PGCE Cambridge University, 1978

Memberships, editorial boards

Chair, Player Development Committee, MCC Universities, Cambridge Centre

Selected recent publications

Gordon, D., Caddy, O., Merzbach, V., Gernigon, M., Baker J., Scruton, A., Keiller, D. and Barnes, R., 2015. Prior Knowledge of Trial Number Influences the Incidence of Plateau at VO2max. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 14, pp.47-53. http://www.jssm.org.

Gordon, D., Wood, F., Porter, A., Vetrivel, V., Gernigon, M., Caddy, O., Merzbach, V., Baker, J., Keiller, D. and Barnes R., 2013. Influence of blood donation on the incidence of plateau at VO2max. European Journal of Applied Physiology. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-013-2743-3.

Gordon, D., Hughes, H. Young, K., Scruton, A., Keiller, D., Caddy, O., Nevison, C. and Barnes, R., 2013. The Effects of Menstrual Cycle Phase on the Development of Peak Torque Under Isokinetic Conditions (in press).

Gordon, D., Mehter, M., Gernigon, M., Caddy, O., Keiller, D. and Barnes, R., 2012. The effects of exercise modality on the incidence of plateau at VO2max. Clin. Physiol. Funct. Imaging, 32(5), pp.394-399.

Caddy, O., Bond, P., Gordon, D., Barnes, R., Keiller, D., Gernigon, M., 2012. The effect of bio-feedback manipulation on incidence of plateau at VO2max. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, S434.

Gordon, D., Caddy, O., Ganyani, R., Gernigon, M., Bottinger, N., Latchford, J., Keiller, D. and Barnes, R., 2012. Incidence of plateau at VO2max is influenced by prior knowledge of sprint number. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, S196.

Gordon, D., Schaitel, K., Pennefather, A., Gernigon, M., Keiller, D. and Barnes, R., 2011. The incidence of plateau at V_O2max is affected by a bout of prior-priming exercise. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, doi: 10.1111/j.1475-097X.2011.01052.x.

Gordon, D., Hopkins, S., King, C., Keiller, D., Barnes, R.J., 2011. Incidence of the plateau at VO 2max is dependent on the anaerobic capacity. Int J Sports Medicine, 32(1), pp.1-6.

Keiller, D.R., Mackerness, S. A-H. and Holmes, M.G., 2003. The action of a range of supplementary ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths on photosynthesis in Brassica napus L. in the natural environment: Effects on PSII, CO2 assimilation and level of chloroplast proteins. Photosynthesis Research, 75, pp.139-150.

Holmes, M.G. and Keiller, D.R., 2002. A novel phototropic response to supplementary ultraviolet (UV-B and UV-A) radiation in the siliquas of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) grown under natural conditions. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 1, pp.890-895.

Holmes, M.G. and Keiller, D.R., 2002. Effects of pubescence and waxes on the reflectance of leaves in the ultraviolet and photosynthetic wavebands: a comparison of a range of species. Plant, Cell and Environment, 25, pp.85-93.

Keiller, D.R. and Holmes, M.G., 2001. Effects of long term exposure to elevated UV-B on the photosynthetic performance of five broad-leaved tree species. Photosynthesis Research, 67, pp.229-240.

Montiel P., Smith, A. and Keiller, D., 1999. Photosynthetic responses of selected Antarctic plants to solar radiation in the Southern maritime Antarctic. Polar Research, 18(2), pp.229-235.

Keiller, D.R., Slocombe, S.P. and Cockburn, W., 1994. Analyses of Chlorophyll Fluorescence in C3 and CAM forms of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. J Exp Bot, 45, pp.325-334.

Keiller, D.R. and Walker, D.A., 1990. The Use of Chlorophyll Fluorescence to Predict Carbon Dioxide Fixation During Photosynthetic Oscillations. Proc. R. Soc. Lond, 241, pp.59-64.

Keiller, D.R. and Smith, H., 1989. Control of Carbon Partitioning by Light Quality Mediated by Phytochrome. Plant Science, 63, pp.25-29.

Keiller, D.R. and Sivak, M.N., 1989. Genetic Variation in the Response of Wheat Photosynthesis to Chilling. Ann. Rep. Robert Hill Inst. University of Sheffield, pp.53-56.

Keiller, D.R. and Walker, D.A., 1989. The Use of Chlorophyll Fluorescence to Predict Carbon Dioxide fixation During Photosynthetic Oscillations. Ann. Rep. Robert Hill Inst. University of Sheffield, pp.57-59.

Keiller, D.R. and Sivak, M.N. 1989. Resolution of Different Components of Non-Photochemical Quenching in Intact Leaves. Ann. Rep. Robert Hill Inst. University of Sheffield, pp.60-63.

Keiller, D.R. and Morgan, D.G., 1988. Distribution of 14 Carbon-Labelled Assimilates in Flowering Plants of Oilseed Rape. J. Agric Sci , 111, pp.347-356.

Keiller, D.R. and Morgan, D.G., 1988. Effect of Pod Removal and Plant Growth Regulators on the Growth, Development and Carbon Assimilate Distribution in Oilseed Rape. J. Agic Sci, 111, pp.357-363.

Keiller, D.R., Whitelam, G.C. and Smith, H., 1988. Polyclonal Antibodies Raised to Phycocyanins Contain Components Specific for the Red-Absorbing Form of Phytochrome. Planta, 196, pp.391-398.

Keiller, D.R. and Sivak, M.N., 1988. A Fully-computerized System for the Measuring of Multiple Aspects of Photosynthesis During Induction and Gas Transients. Ann. Rep. Res. Inst. Photosynthesis, University of Sheffield, pp.16-17.

Keiller, D.R., Paul, M.J. and Cockburn, W., 1987. Regulation of Reserve Carbohydrate Metabolism in Mesembryanthemum crystallinum exhibiting C3 and CAM Photosynthesis. New Phytol, 107, pp.1-13.

Keiller, D.R., 1986. Regulation of Carbon Partitioning in Photosynthetic Tissue. Plant, Cell & Environment (Book), 9 (4), pp. 356-358. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-3040.ep11611815

Keiller, D.R. and Mathews, J.C., 1983. Preparation of C-labelled Plant Material for Liquid Scintillation Counting. Int J Appl Radiat Isot, 34, pp.1478-1481.

Morgan, D.G., Keiller, D.R. and Prynne, A.O., 1983. Nitrogen, Growth Regulators and Pod Development in Oilseed Rape. British Plant Growth Regulator Monograph 9, pp.75-86.

Keiller, D.R. and Mathers, J.C., 1983. Preparation of 14 Carbon-Labelled Plant Material for liquid Scintillation Counting. Int. J. App Radiat. Isotopes, 34, pp.1479-1481.

Morgan, D.G., Keiller, D.R. and Prynne, A.O., 1983. Control of Flower and Pod Development in Oilseed Rape. Proceedings of 6th International Rapeseed Conference, pp.110-115.