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Dr Geertje Van Keulen

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602669

Research Links

Academic Office - 504
Fifth Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Geertje van Keulen is Associate Professor in Biochemistry in the Institute of Life Science at Swansea University.  

She embarked on what turned out to become an interdisciplinary career journey by obtaining first an MSci degree in Chemistry, majoring in Biochemistry, and a PhD in Microbial Physiology and Molecular Microbiology, both obtained from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Her first postdoc position was in her first interdisciplinary project Pepticoat with microbial and marine biologists, polymer and paint chemists and marine materials technologists

Areas Of Expertise

  • Microbial (Soil) Biochemistry and Physiology
  • (Bio)Materials and (Bio)Chemical Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Science
  • Antibiotics and Other Natural Products
  • Primary, C1, and Specialized (Secondary) Metabolism
  • Surface and Soil Water Repell

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests



Geertje’s research and innovation programmes involve active industrial collaboration with Tata Steel, Nippon Sheet Glass group, Total Water Products, Hot Tubs UK/SureSpaEngineered BiodesignDemurisBiotage, Quizslides British Geological Survey, and Rothamsted Research.  

Geertje furthermore collaborates with hundreds of women in STEMM especially through her public engagement activities with Soapbox Science Swansea.