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Professor; Director, Center for Student Research & Creative Work; and Associate Core Director
Areas of Interest: Microbial pathogenesis, first-year student success, and student success through research
Kristin Picardo

Ph.D., University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
B.S., State University of New York College at Geneseo


  • BIOL 107 - SQ Microbes & Disease, lecture and laboratory
  • BIOL 199 - RW Research-based Writing
  • BIOL 120 - General Biology: Genes, Cells, and Evolution
  • 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 (nematodes, for example) 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.

In addition to teaching and mentoring student research in her laboratory, Dr. Picardo serves as the director of the Center for Student Research & Creative Work. As director, she works with the associate provost, Dr. Eileen Lynd-Balta, an advisory group, and students to develop and expand programs for students in any major to engage in authentic research during their time at Fisher. She also serves as a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Councilor where she plays an active role CUR-wide and within the biology division to support student research on a national level.

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

  • McClure-Brenchley, Kimberly, Kristin Picardo, and Julia Overton-Healy. 2020. Beyond Learning: Leveraging Undergraduate Research into Marketable Workforce Skills. SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research 3(3) 28-35.
  • Picardo, Kristin and Katie Sabourin. 2018. Measuring Student Learning Gains in Independent Research Experiences in the Sciences through Reflective Practice and ePortfolios. Bioscene Journal of College Biology Teaching 44(2) 29-36.
  • Hemminger Z*, Walsh P, Curtis R, Picardo K (2017) Traditional Biocidal Replacement Viability of Microcrystalline Silver Chloride. Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology 8: 431.
  • 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.
  • Patent, issued Dec. 23, 2008: Tools for detecting Moraxella catarrhalis, No. 7,468,256
  • Inventors: Anthony Campagnari, Nicole Luke, Kristin Furano, Amy Howlett, Katie Edwards; Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
  • 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.