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

Curriculum Vitae

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 include mechanisms regulating gene expression and energy conservation in microorganisms.   Utilizing a suite of molecular, biochemical, biophysical, genetic, structural biology and physiological tools my research group investigates these mechanisms in members of the bacterial and archaeal domains of life.  From an environmental perspective, I am interested in key organisms in biomethanation including methanoarchaea and syntrophic bacteria.  Additionally, I am also interested in how regulation of gene expression contributes to hypervirulence in select strains of the medically important pathogen Clostridium difficile.   Although these organisms have diverse metabolisms a unifying feature in my research group is a focus on anaerobic microorganisms. For a listing of lab projects see the Research page.