- Tracing visual pathways in cats and rats, using degeneration studies and later horseradish peroxidase (HRP). This work was discontinued for personal and ethical reasons.
- Interested in research the impact of changes in teaching methods - whether it be the introduction of new technology or different approaches.This has centred recently on the introduction of Personal Response Systems within RMIT
- Plastination, has been getting a bad name lately with the antics of Dr von Hagens. However, we have a small plastination unit and produce small, portable specimens.
Educational development work
Introduction of new technologies into teaching has been a focus of Dr Keens involvement in educational development - he was one of the first round of Learning Technology Mentors at RMIT. He has developed a range of new courses for various degree programs supported by the School across a variety of areas (cell biology, histology, genetics, human biology, anatomical skills, work experience). He has received 2 RMIT Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund grants to introduce and expand the use of Personal Response Devices.
- Principles of Human Biology - an introduction to anatomy, histology and physiology taken by a broad range of students including Medical Science, Laboratory Medicine, Human Movement, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine. Co-ordinating and teaching
- Introduction to Biomedical Science - The introductory course for our commencing first years, and co-ordinating the common components of the courses within the School
- Teaching the developmental component within the Developmental and Cell Biology course
- Neuroscience - particularly the anatomical component
- The anatomical component of Cardiovascular Biology
- Program Co-ordinator for the B Biomedical Science.
- B.Sc (Hons), UNSW, 1976
- PhD, UNSW, 1986
Member of professional associations
- Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists
- Member of the council
- American Association of Anatomists
- Bedford, A.,Keens, J.,Witten, G. (2007). Study of gross anatomy by dissection and prosection In: ANZACA November 2006, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 30 November - 1 December 2006,
- Keens, J. (2002). Generating puzzlement in genetics In: Untangling the web ? establishing learning links, Melbourne, Aust.,