Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Science Hall 307, Troy
[email protected]

Dr. Keane has been a member of The Sage Colleges Faculty since 1996.


Ph.D., M.S., Chemistry (Physical / Analytical) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.A., Chemistry and Biochemistry, Hunter College (CUNY).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to General Chemistry,
    Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry; with lab (CHM 103/104)
  • Biochemistry I & II (CHM 303/304)
  • Physical Chemistry I & II, with lab (CHM 305/306)
  • Instrumental Analysis (CHM 302)
  • Introduction to Forensic Science (CHM 340)
  • Earth Science & Astronomy (SCI 104)
  • Topics: From Forensic Science to Life in the Universe (SCI 238)

Current Departmental Responsibilities

Director, INVEST

Current Research Interests

Integration of nanoscience learning experiences into the undergraduate curriculum (supported by NSF-CCLI grant).

Photochemistry and reaction kinetics of organic molecules in planetary atmospheres.

Chemical evolution and the origins of life (exobiology).

Astrochemistry: working with Dr. Preethi Prattap and the MIT group using the Haystack-MIT 37 meter radio telescope for a survey of protostellar regions (i.e. currently HH212) for methanol maser activity.

Research Experience

Planetary atmospheric photochemistry.

Pharmaceutical analytical chemistry- method development, validation and quality control.

Molecular diagnostics- acquired drug resistance in cancer chemotherapy.

Reproductive immunology- development of diagnostic assays.

Committee Positions

Liaison for Pfizer/Independent College Fund of New York Annual Faculty Lectureship.

Liaison to Evident Technologies, INVEST nanotechnology incubator project.

The Sage Colleges Faculty Affairs Committee.


  • Presidential Vision Grant (2004)
  • Robb Science Fellow, The Sage Colleges (2002-03)
  • NASA-GSRP Fellow, RPI (1990-93)
  • Sigma Xi
  • Hunter College – Summa Cum Laude
  • American Astronomical Society – Division of Planetary Science
  • International Society for the Study of the Origins of Life
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Chemical Society

Personal Interests

Music, art, hiking and camping, amateur astronomy.

Links to Dr. Keane’s selected Web sites:


Planetary Science:

Astrochemistry and Exobiology: