The 2017 USCB Student Research and Scholarship Day is dedicated to
Charles "Charlie" Keith, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Biology, USCB
Charles H. Keith, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Biology and a former Chair of the Department of Natural Science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Dr. Keith earned a B.S. degree in biochemistry at Princeton University in 1973, then received a Ph.D. in biophysics and theoretical biology at the University of Chicago in 1979. From 1982 to 1984, he served as an assistant research scientist at the NYU Medical Center in Manhattan, and in 1984, he joined the faculty at the University of Georgia as an Associate Professor, where he dedicated the next 23 years of his academic career to scholarship and teaching. Concurrently, from 1992 to 1994, Dr. Keith was a visiting scientist with the National Science Foundation. From 2005 to 2007, he served as a co-director of the Microscopy Center at UGA before joining USCB in August of 2007.
Dr. Keith devoted much of his career to developing methods to look at both natural and induced neural signaling in fish, including the use of microscopy to investigate natural signaling at the level of individual neural cells, in order to answer such questions as which fish initiates signaling and how signaling affects the target. He has collaborated with Dr. James D. Lauderdale, an associate professor in the Department of Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia, on the imaging of epileptogenic activity in both adult and larval zebrafish, as well as Dr. Eric Montie, assistant professor of biology at USCB, to investigate imaging neural activity in fish hearing.
Widely published in peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Keith also taught General Physiology, Biochemistry and associated labs, as well as non-majors science courses at USCB. In addition, Dr. Keith was a driving force behind the development and growth of USCB's Computational Science program that started in 2010. He has also been a strong supporter of the USCB Family Fund, the USCB Studio Art program, as well as Student Research and Scholarship Day. Although now retired, Dr. Keith continues to support USCB and teach courses as an adjunct professor. We are very grateful for everything Dr. Keith has contributed to the university, and we are proud to select him as this year's Student Research and Scholarship Day dedication honoree.