Emily Higgins Keppler

Grad Research Assistant
Biodesign FAM
Arizona State University
BDI Affiliated Graduate
Biodesign IVV

Location: TEMPE

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Ph.D.   Arizona State University - Microbiology (In Progress)                  

Dissertation: Volatile biomarkers for a Valley fever breath test

            Advisor: Heather D. Bean, PhD

B.S.     Arizona State University - Microbiology (2015)         Graduated Cum Lade

B.A.     Arizona State University - Anthropology (2005)         


Emily Higgins Keppler is a Ph.D. candidate in Heather Bean's lab. Emily currently has two main research projects:

Project I: Identification of bacterial volatile compounds that inhibit fungal growth

Project II: Volatile biomarkers associated with coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) infections

Emily is using two-dimensional gas chromatography coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC�GC-TOFMS) to identify the volatile metabolites produced by the microbial community associated with each of these projects.