Area of interest
My research interests are in the etiology, pathogenesis, and prevention of cancer. My primary area of research focuses on the gut microbiome in relation to colorectal adenomas and cancer, immunotherapy, and metabolomics. More recently, I have developed an interest in understanding the contribution of the microbiome to endometrial cancer. Other areas of interests include cancer biomarkers, molecular markers of prognosis, gene-environment interactions, and health disparities.
Awards and Honors
Keku received pilot funding from the UNC GI SPORE to study the role of the gut microbiota in the etiology of colorectal adenomas and cancer. The study will provide critical insights on the composition and diversity of the microbiota and their associations with adenomas. The findings from this and future studies could lead to the development of strategies to manipulate the intestinal microbiota to prevent colorectal adenomas and cancer as well as well as identify individuals at high risk.