Keelan Trull, a 2010 Paola High School graduate, was awarded a Ph.D in chemistry from Purdue University on Aug. 3 in Lafayette, Ind.
Keelan was one of seven valedictorians when he graduated from PHS in 2010. He went on to graduate cum laude in 2014 from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., with degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and biology.
His research at Purdue centered around engineering genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors for use in studying cellular diseases. This research culminated in two first author publications and one second author publication, according to a news release.
Keelan has accepted a postdoctoral researcher position with Katie White in the chemistry department at Notre Dame University.
He is the son of Pete and Patty Trull.