Cameron Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
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Karen Lithgow

Karen Lithgow

Graduate Student

Karen received her Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology and immunology at the University of Alberta and is currently a PhD candidate. Karen’s research focus is to investigate the molecular mechanisms driving Treponema pallidum traversal across the vascular endothelium to understand how organisms move from the bloodstream into secondary infection sites. Her research objectives include: (i) characterizing attachment of T. pallidum adhesin to endothelial cells and (ii) exploring pathogen manipulation of endothelial signalling and intercellular junctional integrity. When she’s not in the lab, Karen is exploring Vancouver Island via land, water and snow.