Department of Infectious Diseases
Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist

Bacteriology | Disease Modeling | Infectious Diseases | Microbiology | Vaccinology


Russell K. Karls, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist in the Infectious Diseases Department at the University of Georgia. Dr. Karls received undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his doctorate in Bacteriology from UW-Madison applying biochemistry and molecular genetics to study transcriptional control of bacterial photosynthesis. He obtained postdoctoral training in Microbial Pathogenesis initially at Emory University and then at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he focused on pathogenic mycobacteria and tuberculosis. Since joining the faculty in the Department of Infectious Diseases at UGA, his lab continues to use multiple approaches to examine processes and factors that render some mycobacterium species pathogenic. The overarching goal of his research is to apply the acquired knowledge to develop vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostic tests to aid in the battle against important diseases such as tuberculosis.

Research Interests

  • Bacterial genomics and gene regulation
  • Host/pathogen interactions
  • Tuberculosis vaccine and diagnostic development
  • Improving disease outcomes with nutrition

Educational Background

  • B.S. Biochemistry/Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D. Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Postdoctoral Training, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Emory University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Tuberculosis/Mycobacteriology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Selected Publications

My Bibliography – NCBI PubMed

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