Liz Karr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma

Department of Microbiology & Plant Biology (MPB)
Junior Investigator Oklahoma COBRE in Structural Biology
Associate Director Price Family Foundation Institute of Structural Biology
MPB Graduate Liaison
Stephenson Research and Technology Center
Lab: 2050; Office 2021
101 David L. Boren Blvd.
Norman, OK 73019
405-325-5133
E-mail:  lizkarr@ou.edu

Education & Training

2003-2007:  NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University, Department of Microbiology

2003:  Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Department of Microbiology

1999:  Bachelor of Science, Murray State University, Department of Biology. 

Research Interests

My primary research interests involve understanding the regulation of gene expression in anaerobic microorganisms.  We focus on organisms from both the archaeal and bacterial domains.  One particular interest are methanogenic archaea.  Their environmental importance and dedicated metabolism, along with transcription mechanisms based on both eukaryotic and bacterial components make them ideal organisms in which to study transcription level regulation in response to ever changing environmental conditions. One current focus involves the regulation of oxidative stress responses in strictly anaerobic methanogens.  Recently we discovered a regulator, MsvR, that appears to be involved in such responses in select methanogens.  For a listing of lab projects see the Research page.  Another interest is in structure/function relationships in transcription regulators from medically relevant microorganisms