B.S., 2013, Utah State University
Advisor: James Konopka
Email: Kara.Swenson@stonybrook.edu

Research Interests

Kara attended Utah State University and graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology. As an undergraduate student, Kara worked in a research lab focused on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and investigated the possible mechanisms behind angiogenesis that occurs in AMD. Kara has a very strong interest in infectious diseases and plans to pursue research on either bacterial or fungal pathogens as a graduate student in the MGM Program.

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Service Award. 2021 Department of Microbiology and Immunology Annual Retreat


Lanze, C.E., Gandra, R.M., Foderaro, J., Swenson, K.A., Douglas, L.M., and Konopka, J.B. (2020). Plasma membrane MCC/eisosome domains promote stress resistance in fungi. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 84(4): e00063-19.

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