Kevin L. Keys is a postdoctoral scholar in the Burchard Lab at the UCSF School of Medicine. His biological research interests span computational genomics, bioinformatics, and statistical genetics, and his mathematical interests span scientific computing, high-dimensional statistical inference, and mathematical optimization.
At UCSF Kevin studies the genetic basis of pediatric asthma in admixed populations using multilayered data, including genomic, transcriptomic, methylomic, sociodemographic, environmental, and clinical measures.
Kevin completed his M.S and Ph.D in Biomathematics from the UCLA School of Medicine, where he developed open-source penalized regression methods for genetic association studies. He holds a B.S in Mathematics and a B.A. in Linguistics from The University of Arizona, where he did human evolution research with Michael F. Hammer and Joseph Watkins. He was a Fulbright visiting scholar in Jaume Bertranpetit’s lab at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied the molecular evolution of metabolic networks in primates.