Karen Palin – Microbiology

Epidemiology, public health, medical microbiology, host-parasite relationships

Karen Palin’s scientific research interests and experience are in areas of molecular epidemiology, public health, medical microbiology, and host-parasite relationships. Her current research involves host and bacterial determinants of urinary tract infections caused by Staphylococcus saprophyticus which disproportionately infects young women.

Mariam Alam '10 with Karen Palin at CUR's "Posters on the Hill" conference in Washington, DC in 2010.

Mariam Alam ’10 with Karen Palin at CUR’s “Posters on the Hill” conference in Washington, DC in 2010.

Recently, Karen and her students have worked with local community partners on projects designed to improve health literacy for our community members, especially the new Mainers. These projects have been supported by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College.





Selected Mentored Theses

Greer, M.L. and Palin, K.A. 2012. Students in Differential Equations and Epidemiology Model a Campus Outbreak of pH1N1. J. M.B.E. 13 (2): 183-185.

Palin, K. and Greer, M. 2012. The Effect of Mixing Events on the Dynamics of pH1N1 Outbreaks at Small Residential Colleges. Journal of American College Health, 60:6, 485-489.

Foxman, B., Gillespie, B., Koopman, J., Zhang, L., Palin, K., Tallman, P., Marsh, J.V., Spear, S., Sobel, J.D., Marty, M.J., and Marrs, C.F. 2000. Risk factors for second urinary tract infection among college women. Am. J. Epidemiol. 151 (12): 1194-205.

Manuscript in preparation:

A Novel Approach to the “Unknown” Identification Exercise (with co-author Lee Abrahamsen)


Selected Theses

2016-17 Raissa Vodounon. Combating Medication Misuse: Pictograms for Safe Medication Use and Disposal (community engaged learning)

2016 Praneet Kang. Importance of Vernix Caseosa for Newborn Immunity

2015-16 Jamie Naso. Quantifying Plasmodium falciparum Parasitemia from Whole Blood Using ATSqPCR

2014-15 Hannah Whitehead. Reducing Mother -to-Child Transmission and Maximizing Reproductive Freedoms: A Study of HIV-related Reproductive Health Beliefs, Behaviors, and Knowledge Among Students and HIV+ Women in Nepal and the United States (community engaged learning, international)