Karen Guillemin

Karen Guillemin

Professor of Biology

kguillem@uoregon.edu | 541-346-5360 | Klamath 249C

ACADEMIC AREAS: Biology, Developmental Biology, Microbiology 

Teaching Philosophy

The goal of my teaching is to introduce students to the thinking process and practice of an experimental scientist, fostering logical reasoning, skepticism, and independent research.

Academic Background

  • PhD: Biochemistry, Stanford University, 1998
  • BA: Biochemical Sciences, Harvard College, 1991

Since joining the UO faculty in 2001, I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of microbiology and genetics. I have mentored many undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers in my laboratory who have published seminal research papers in the field of host-microbe systems biology. In 2012 I founded the Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals (META) Center for Host-Microbe Systems Biology, which serves as a nexus for interdisciplinary research on host-microbe research across the UO campus.

Research Interests & Current Projects

My research explores the ways in which animals coexist with microorganisms in relationships that can be beneficial or pathogenic. My laboratory uses experimental animal models that can be reared under sterile conditions to evaluate the impact of resident microbes on the development and function of the intestine, the pancreas, and the immune system. Our work provides mechanistic insights into the growing list of human diseases associated with perturbed resident microbial communities or microbiomes. Our future research is geared toward harnessing our knowledge to engineer host-microbe systems that promote healthful mutualisms.