Dr. Randal Keller has been a Murray State faculty member in the department of Occupational Safety and Health since 1996 and currently is the Jesse D. Jones Endowed Professor of the College of Science. He earned his Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in toxicology from Utah State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Eisenhower College. He did his post-doctoral training at the National Center for Toxicological Research in the Division of Biochemical Toxicology. Keller began his academic career in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he directed the Occupational and Environmental Health Program. He holds board certifications in the areas of toxicology, industrial hygiene and safety.
Keller has served on and led numerous national peer-review committees including those for the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. He served two terms on the Committee on Chemical Demilitarization for the Board on Army Science and Technology in the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council. He is currently Vice-Chair for the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. Keller received the 2019 Sandra Flynn Professor of the Year Award and has authored dozens of publications and presentations throughout his career. Keller created and coached the first Murray State Triathlon Club. In his spare time, he is an avid bicyclist and enjoys auditing German language courses.