Professor Keeney earned her B.S. in biochemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985 and her Ph.D. in immunology from Washington University of St. Louis in 1990.
Prior to her arrival at Juniata in 1994, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1991, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Keeney teaches courses in bioinformatics, advanced genetics and molecular biology techniques. Additionally, she has developed a student-centered research program, securing funding from several outside sources including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Her research interest involves the mechanism of transposition of the Ty retroelements of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast). She is the author and coauthor of several articles and abstracts and has accompanied students to a number of national meetings.
Dr. Keeney resides in Huntingdon with her husband Marty, and their two sons, Aaron and Paul. Her hobbies include canoeing and camping with her family, running and gardening.