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

Eve Boonseng, ’11. Comparing antibiotic resistance among clinical isolates of Staphylococcus saprophyticus with the effect of cranberry on growth. [year long senior thesis in Biology.]

Mariam Alam, ’10. Interdisciplinary Studies. Evaluation of culturally appropriate symbolic prescription labels for the Somali community of Lewiston, Maine. [Honors thesis in Biology]

Presented at Pre-conference Poster Session, African Refugee Health: Best Practices. Bates College, Lewiston, ME. October, 2010.
Presented at Posters on the Hill, Council for Undergraduate Research. Washington, DC. April, 2010.

Selected Service Learning Projects

Biology s39, ST ’08. Creation and production of video, “A Visit to the Pharmacy“.
Presented at International Symposium on Safe Medicine 2010. Portland, ME. October, 2010.