Karl Klose

Karl Klose

Karl Klose, Ph.D. is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Texas San Antonio, the Director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID), and host of microTalk. He oversees the research on infectious diseases that is carried out in his laboratory by undergraduate, Masters’, and Ph.D. students, as well as research staff. He also teaches microbiology to undergraduate and graduate students.


Karl is enthusiastic about enlightening people to the fascinating world of microbes.  He has given two TED talks on antibiotic resistance. He has been a visiting professor in Kolkata India and Valparaiso Chile.  He has spent the past two years visiting ASM branch meetings through the Distinguished Lecturer program.  You can find Karl on Twitter and you can find STCEID on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Algae are amazing microorganisms, and Dr. Mayfield says that the more you know about algae, the more you like them. 

Dr. Schuchat, Deputy Director, CDC, discusses current and future disease threats, the difference between perceived versus actual threats, and her experience with Hollywood during the filming of the movie Contagion. 

How CRISPR/Cas evolved, the various applications that is has been used for, some of the controversies associated with its use, and its further potential to improve human health.

Puerto Rican scientists describe what happened to their laboratories after the hurricane Maria.

Concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world, and is a very unique dry, high pH environment with special chemical properties. Amazingly, there are microbial communities that live within concrete.

How C. albicans’ interactions with the other microbes within the body influences its virulence, and the difficulty of developing antifungals that don’t harm people.

How the success of vaccines has ironically contributed to the rise of the anti-vax movement, how the way scientists talk about vaccines is important to increase vaccination rates, and the autism-vaccine controversy.

How V. fischeri can count how many friends are around them through quorum sensing and how they can specifically colonize squid.

The evidence that the gut microbiome influences Parkinson’s Disease, implications of this research for the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, and the involvement of the microbiome in other neurological conditions.

Students at Southside High School (San Antonio) sent a microbiology experiment up to the International Space Station (ISS).

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