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Karen Kormuth
Karen Kormuth Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Kirkpatrick Hall, Room 107


After completing my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (biochemistry and DNA/RNA biology) at CMU, I transitioned to a postdoc in translational research at the interface of influenza virology and aerobiology engineering at Pitt. As part of my postdoctoral research, I identified a role for human airway mucus in the stabilization of influenza viruses released into the environment, both in the air and on surfaces. This work was published in JID (2018), and featured in a Nature Research Highlight and various local media outlets. I am excited to continue this work at Bethany using a bacteriophage model system.

I became interested in this work through my postdoctoral research, which was a combined effort among influenza virologists at Pitt and collaborators in aerobiology engineering at Virginia Tech.

B.A., Washington & Jefferson College (2010)
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University (2016)
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2016-2019)

Areas of Passion & Research
Influenza Virology, Aerobiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, RNA Biology

Personal Interests
I am deeply interested in exploring new methods for science communication to share scientific knowledge in the classroom, with the broader college community, and beyond.

Favorite Quote, Book, or Movie … Why?
I always enjoy revisiting the Harry Potter book series!

Recent Publications (within the past 7 years)

  • Kormuth, K.A., Lin K., Prussin II, A.J., Vejerano, E.P., Tiwari, A.J., Cox, S.S. Myerburg, M.M., Lakdawala, S.S., Marr, L.C. 2018. “Influenza virus infectivity is retained in aerosols and droplets independent of relative humidity.” The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 218(5), 739-747.
  • Kormuth, K.A., Woolford, J.W., Armitage, B.A. 2016. “Homologous PNA hybridization to noncanonical DNA G-quadruplexes,” 55(12), 1749-1757.