Jonathan Kelber


Associate Professor of Biology

As an undergraduate at Cal Poly Pomona Dr. Kelber conducted biophysics research with Professor Patrick Mobley on the structure and function of the HIV fusion protein region of gp41. Following a three year stint teaching chemistry and biology as well as coaching water polo and swimming at the high school level, he returned to graduate school at UCSD to complete a Ph.D. in biochemistry. During his graduate studies with Dr. Wylie Vale at the Salk Institute, he investigated the role of the developmental oncogene Cripto and its co-regulator GRP78 in stem and tumor cell biology. During his postdoctoral studies with Dr. Richard Klemke in UCSD's Department of Pathology and the Moores Cancer Center, he identified the new non-receptor tyrosine kinase PEAK1 and investigated its role in pancreatic cancer initiation and progression. In the Developmental Oncogene Laboratory at CSUN Dr. Kelber's previous training and expertise is combined with the enthusiasm and talent of CSUN undergraduate and graduate students to address important questions in development and cancer.

Dr. Kelber is a native of Southern California. He loves to teach and work with inquisitive students in the research lab. When he's not in the classroom or lab, you can find him spending time with family and friends and enjoying outdoor sports such as surfing and triathlon.