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Keuka College

Dr. Michael Keck

Dr. Michael Keck

  • Professor of Chemistry; Division Chair of Natural Sciences Mathematics & PE, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: (315) 279-5267
Office: Jephson Science Center

Academic Credentials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Chemistry
University of California at Berkeley
B.S. in Chemistry


Dr. Keck joined the faculty at Keuka college in 2008 after 13 years teaching at Emporia State University (Kansas). He teaches chemistry and biochemistry, and has also taught analytical chemistry and inorganic chemistry.

His primary area of expertise is nucleic acids biochemistry. He loves teaching, and he is also eager to work with students on research projects. He and his students are presently collaborating with colleagues at RIT to design and evaluate compounds that have potential as photodynamic therapy agents.

Publications & Presentations

Ratcliff, J.; Durham, P.; Keck, M.; Mokhir, A.; Gerasimchuk, N. “Part 2: In vitro Cytotoxicity Studies of Two Complexes (M = Pd, Pt; L = 2-cyano-2-isonitroso-N-morpholylacetamide, MCO.” Inorganica Chimica Acta. 2012, 385, 11-20.

Keck, Michael V.; Manderville, Richard A. and Hecht, Sidney M.," Chemical and Structural Characterization of the Interaction of Bleomycin A2 with d(CGCGAATTCGCG)2. Efficient Double-Strand DNA Cleavage Accessible without Structural Reorganization " J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123 (36), 8690-8700.

Leach, Jan E.; Ryba-White, Marietta; Sun, Qing; Wu, C.J.; Hilaire, Emmanuel; Gartner, Cody; Nedukha, Olena; Kordyum, E.; Keck, Michael; Leung, Hei and Guikema, James A. "Plants, Plant Pathogens, and Microgravity – A Deadly Trio" Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin, 2001, 14 (2), 15 – 23.

Keck, Michael V., "DNA Topology Analysis in the Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory" Journal of Chemical Education, 2000, 77, 1471 – 1473.

Keck, Michael V., "A Final Exam Review Activity Based on the Jeopardy Format" Journal of Chemical Education, 2000, 77, 483.

Keck, Michael V. and Hecht, Sidney M., "Sequence-Specific Hydrolysis of Yeast tRNAPhe Mediated by Metal-Free Bleomycins" Biochemistry, 1995, 34, 12029 - 12037.

Hahn, F. Ekkehardt; Keck, Michael, and Raymond, Kenneth N., "Catecholate Complexes of Silicon: Synthesis, Molecular and Crystal Structures of [Si(cat)2]•2THF and Li2[Si(cat)3]•3.5dme" Inorg. Chem., 1995, 34, 1402 - 1407.

Keck, Michael V. and Lippard, Stephen, J., "Synthesis of Polyamino Amido Derivatives of Ethidium" Tetrahedron Letters, 1993, 34, 1415 - 1416.

Ren, Tong; Bancroft, Daniel P.; Sundquist, Wesley I.; Masschelein, Axel; Keck, Michael V. and Lippard, Stephen J., "Synthesis, Characterization, DNA Binding Properties, and Solution Thermochromism of Platinum(II) Complexes of the Ethidium Cation: Regiospecificity in a DNA Promoted Reaction" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1993, 115, 11341 - 11352.

Keck, Michael V. and Lippard, Stephen J., "Unwinding of Supercoiled DNA by Platinum-Ethidium and Related Complexes" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1992, 114, 3386 - 3390.