Dr. Keely graduated from University College Dublin. He undertook postdoctoral research training at the Mucosal Inflammation Program in University of Colorado Denver before being promoted to junior faculty positions (Instructor and Senior Instructor) in the School of Medicine and receiving a prestigious fellowship from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
Dr. Keely is chief investigator of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Gastrointestinal Research Group. The group's current research examines molecular mechanisms of disease in the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Keely is particularly interested in how the mucosal tissues function and repair with reduced oxygen availability during inflammation. Dr. Keely is also interested in the changes that occur with microbial interactions during inflammation and how these interactions influence the progression and resolution of mucosal diseases and food allergy. The ultimate goal of this research is understanding how these factors may be pharmacologically manipulated for therapeutic benefit.