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Associate Professor
Areas of Interest: Microbial pathogenesis; microbial ecology
Kristin Picardo

Ph.D., University at Buffalo
B.S., State University of New York College at Geneseo

Dr. Picardo teaches mostly first-year students 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.


  • ITDY 101 – Freshman Seminar
  • BIOL 107 – SQ Microbes & Disease, lecture and laboratory
  • BIOL 199 – RW Research-based Writing
  • BIOL 120 - P4 General Biology: Genes, Cells, and Evolution
  • BIOL 127 - General Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 214L - Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 498 and 499 – Independent Research


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 mentors student research projects on a variety of other bacterial human pathogens.

Publications (*denotes undergraduate research student author; also published as “K. Furano”)

  • Rath, Jennifer*, Breanna Christmas*, Kristin Picardo, Theresa Westbay. Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from the nasal cavity flora of nursing majors. Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence. 2015, Volume VI.
  • Lum, Tia, Kristin Picardo, Theresa Westbay, Amber Barnello*, Lynn Fine, and Jill Lavigne. 2014. Self-screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization as a component of hand hygiene education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 78 (7) Article 138.
  • 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.