Kent Keyser, PhD

Research Administration About Kent Keyser, PhD
Dr. Kent T. Keyser

Kent Keyser, PhD

Associate Vice President for Research Development and Internal Programs
Office of the Vice President for Research
AB 720G
(205) 934-7757
Administrative Support
  • Kim Wilcox
    Administrative Associate
    Office of the Vice President for Research;
    AB 720
    (205) 975-8425
    wilcoxk@uab.edu
​​Dr. Keyser earned his BA from Oberlin College, and PhD from Stony Brook University. Subsequently, he was a Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Health for two years before returning to Stony Brook. He then moved to the University of California San Diego where he moved up through the ranks to become an Associate Research Neuroscientist before moving to the UAB School of Optometry in 1996.
 
He founded and still directs the High Resolution Imaging Facility. He served as the Director of the University-Wide Vision Science Research Center from 1999-2012.  and was the recipient of the UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Keyser was also named an Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Silver fellow in 2009.  He has served as Chair of the Research Advisory group, and the Council of Center Directors. He received the Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award in 2011, and was named University Professor in 2013.
 
Dr. Keyser’s research and teaching activities have been funded by the NIH, NSF, and several private foundations. Dr. Keyser continues to be active in teaching and serves as a course director for 4 graduate and/or professional courses.
 
Dr. Keyser was appointed as Assistant Vice President for Research in January 2013.  Among other responsibilities, he oversees programs to identify and promote applications to foundations, especially those requiring nomination by the institution.  He serves as liaison to the Council of Core Administrators and is assisting with a reevaluation of funding methods. He is also developing and promoting an alternative process for funding major research equipment maintenance and replacement.