Dr. Jason Kenealey graduated from Brigham Young University in 2005 with a B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in business. Dr. Kenealey completed his dissertation in the laboratory of Dr. Arthur S. Polans and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. Dr. Kenealey continued his training as a post doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Dr. S. Patricia Becerra. Dr. Kenealey now lives in Orem with his wife and four children.
Research InterestsNature provides a diverse and copious library of chemical structures. These naturally occurring molecules have been utilized as therapeutics for thousands of years. The importance of natural products continues to be apparent in medicine today as roughly 70% of FDA approved drugs are natural products or close derivatives.
My lab's objective is to further utilizes the natural chemical library by (1) identifying natural compounds with chemotherapeutic activity, (2) elucidating the molecular mechanism of these compounds, and (3) determining the structural elements in the molecule that confer the anti-cancer activity. To achieve these objectives my lab uses a combination of live-cell imaging and biochemical approaches.
- BYU Cancer Research Center (2014 - Present)