Ph.D., Post Doc
Karen received her BSc in microbiology and immunology at the University of Alberta in 2012 and her PhD in Biochemistry & Microbiology from the University of Victoria in 2019. Karen is currently a post-doc in the Cameron lab and her research focusses on investigating 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 that facilitate bacterial transendothelial migration. When she’s not in the lab, Karen is exploring Vancouver Island via land, water and snow.