Faculty Detail

Kristin F. Picardo

Title: Associate Professor
Office: ISHS 203
Phone: (585) 899-3802
Email: kpicardo@sjfc.edu
Education: Ph.D., University at Buffalo
B.S., State University of New York College at Geneseo
Areas of Interest: Microbial pathogenesis; microbial ecology

Kristin F. Picardo

Dr. Picardo teaches mostly first year students in the fall semester in General Biology lecture and labs. She is also a Freshman Advisor. During the spring semester, you can find her in the microbiology laboratory teaching classes and studying microbes.


BIOL 120 - P4 General Biology: Genes, Cells, and Evolution
BIOL 127 - General Biology Laboratory
BIOL 214L - Microbiology Laboratory
BIOL 414 - Microbial Ecology


Pseudomonas aeruginosa is found ubiquitously in the environment. This species can be found in a free-floating planktonic state or in biofilms as a community of cells. P. aeruginosa is very common in association with a variety of health ailments including: urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, dermatitis, bone and joint infections, gastrointestinal infections, and systemic infections.

Due to the widespread importance of P. aeruginosa in the environment and human health, this organism (along with other Pseudomonads) is the focus of Dr. Picardo's research. In her laboratory, simple model organisms (plants and nematodes) are used to study how this bacterium causes disease. In addition, Dr. Picardo studies antibiotic resistance of bacteria isolated from humans and studies bacteria found in wastewater collected from the local treatment plant.


  • Kristin F. Picardo and Douglas W. Giroux. 2010. Novel Research in the College Classroom: Identification of Antibiotic Resistant Pseudomonas Species From a Wastewater Treatment Plant. Chapter 35: Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Formatex, Badajoz, Spain.
  • Victoria E. Wagner, Melanie J. Filiatrault, Kristin F. Picardo, and Barbara H. Iglewski. 2008. Pseudomonas: Genomics and Molecular Biology, Chapter 6: Pseudomonas aeruginosa Virulence and Pathogenesis Issues. Horizon Scientific Press, Norwich, UK.
  • Nadine E. Van Alst, Kristin F. Picardo, Barbara H. Iglewski, and Constantine G. Haidaris. 2007. Nitrate sensing and metabolism modulate motility, biofilm formation, and virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Infection and Immunity 75: 3780-3790.
  • Filiatrault, M. J., K. F. Picardo, H. Ngai, L. Passador, and B. H. Iglewski. 2006. Identification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa genes involved in virulence and anaerobic growth. Infection and Immunity 74: 4237-4245.
  • Furano, K., N. R. Luke, A. J. Howlett, and A. A. Campagnari. 2005. Identification of a Conserved Moraxella catarrhalis Hemoglobin-Utilization Protein, MhuA. Microbiology 151: 1151-1158.
  • Furano, K. and A. A. Campagnari. 2004. Identification of a Hemin Utilization Protein of Moraxella catarrhalis (HumA). Infection and Immunity 72: 6426-6432.
  • Furano, K. and A. A. Campagnari. 2003. Inactivation of the Moraxella catarrhalis 7169 Ferric Uptake Regulator Increases Susceptibility to the Bactericidal Activity of Normal Human Sera. Infection and Immunity 71: 1843-1848.

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