Brian D. Keppler, Ph.D.

Brian joined McKee, Voorhees & Sease in 2016 after obtaining his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, he received his Master’s degree in Plant Biology and undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, both from Ohio University.

Brian has extensive research experience in the field of plant molecular biology including doctoral research focused on the molecular basis of plant disease resistance.

As a registered Patent Agent, Brian provides support to patent prosecution in the biotechnology and chemical arts.

  • Biotechnology Patents
  • Chemical Patents
  • Academic Research and Technology Transfer
  • Agritech
  • Animal Health
  • Pharma and Nutra
  • Plant Breeding and Plant-Related Technology


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Cellular and Molecular Biology

Ohio University, M.S., Plant Biology

Ohio University, B.S., Biochemistry

Publications & Presentations

Keppler BD, Song J, Nyman J, Voigt CA, Bent AF (2018) 3-Aminobenzamide Blocks MAMP-Induced Callose Deposition Independently of Its Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation Inhibiting Activity. Front Plant Sci. 9:1907.

Briggs AG, Adams-Phillips LC, Keppler BD, Zebell SG, Arend KC, Apfelbaum AA, Smith JA, Bent AF (2017) A Transcriptomics Approach Uncovers Novel Roles for Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation in the Basal Defense Response in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS One. 12(12):e0190268.

Showalter AM, Keppler BD, Liu X, Lichtenberg J, Welch LR (2016) Bioinformatic Identification and Analysis of Hydroxyproline-Rich Glycoproteins in Populus trichocarpa. BMC Plant Biol 16(1):229.

Song J, Keppler BD, Wise RR, Bent AF (2015) PARP2 Is the Predominant Poly(ADP-Ribose) Polymerase in Arabidopsis DNA Damage and Immune Responses. PLoS Genet 11(5):e1005200.

Keppler BD, Showalter AM (2010) IRX14 and IRX14-LIKE, Two Glycosyl Transferases Involved in Glucuronoxylan Biosynthesis and Drought Tolerance in Arabidopsis. Mol Plant 3(5): 834–841.

Showalter AM, Keppler BD, Lichtenberg J, Gu D, Welch LR (2010) A Bioinformatics Approach to the Identification, Classification, and Analysis of Hydroxyproline-Rich Glycoproteins. Plant Physiol 153(2): 485–513.

Bar & Court Admissions

United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2018

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