Medical officer stationed at Atlantis
in the Pegasus Galaxy
. Following the death of Dr. Carson Beckett
, Dr. Elizabeth Weir
appointed Keller as interim chief medical officer until a suitable replacement could arrive from Earth
. Keller herself was appointed the city's new chief of medicine.
Her first patient was Weir herself, mortally injuring during an Asuran attack on the city. She was forced to perform a radical procedure to stabilize Weir, and with help from Rodney McKay she eventually saved her life using Replicator nanite technology.
Jennifer is a small-town girl from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The only family she left behind on Earth is her father; her mother died a few years ago. Jennifer continues to doubt her abilities -- though she is exceptionally gifted at what she does. Her new position in Atlantis, and her opportunities to travel off-world, continues to challenge her to push her limits and find out just what she is capable of.
As she continued to gain experience and confidence, Keller was responsible for finding a cure to the terminal condition suffered by Carson Beckett's clone, created by the Wraith Michael. This allowed him to be freed from stasis, and to resume a normal life. She also continued the original Beckett's pioneering work in Wraith genetics, using data acquired from Michael's own research to engineer a gene therapy that had the possibility of removing a Wraith's need (and ability) to feed on the life force of others. When the treatment was implemented, however, it had disastrous results -- proving that much more work still needed to be done.
Jennifer also struck up a romantic relationship with Atlantis's lead research scientist, Rodney McKay.
PLAYED BY: Jewel Staite (web site)
FIRST APPEARED: First Strike
First Strike - Dr. Jennifer Keller is placed into the temporary position of chief medical officer of Atlantis, and is dismayed when she discovers Elizabeth Weir hopes to keep her there.
Adrift - Keller works to try and save Dr. Weir's life, performing a radical procedure to alleviate pressure on her brain.
Doppelganger - Influenced by an alien entity Keller has a horrid nightmare.
Tabula Rasa - Keller must care for the entire population of Atlantis when they are striken by a virus that causes amnesia -- and she herself is not immune.
Missing - Jennifer joins Teyla on an off-world visit to New Athos. But when they find the village deserted, the two must flee from a tribe of brutal warriors, testing the mettle of the hometown girl from Wisconsin.
The Seer - Keller cares for Davos, a gifted prophet who is going to soon die.
This Mortal Coil - A Replicator duplicate of Jennifer Keller helps a rogue group of Replicators create human clones of the Atlantis team, but is killed when Oberoth finds them.
Trio - Dr. Keller is trapped in an abandoned Genii mine with Carter and McKay.
The Last Man - In an alternate future, Keller and McKay return home to Earth after the fight against the Wraith takes a terrible turn. The two begin a romantic relationship, only for her to die from exposure to the alien virus she was fighting.
The Seed - Dr. Keller finds a cure for Carson Beckett's condition, and falls victim to a Wraith pathogen that takes over her body.
The Shrine - Jennifer fights to save her friend and patient after Rodney McKay contracts a virus that causes him to revert to a childlike state.
Tracker - While treating patients in an alien village, Jennifer is kidnapped and dragged through the woods by a Runner, who needs her help to save a young girl.
Brain Storm - Keller accompanies Rodney to a secret technology presentation on Earth, and is nearly killed when the weather-control technology goes awry.
Identity - A casual encounter with Ancient technology results in a body swap, as Keller wakes up to find her consciousness is in the body of a thief on another planet -- condemned to die for her crimes.