Karla Kirkegaard

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Karla Kirkegaard
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Scientific career

Karla Kirkegaard (born 1954)[1] is the Violetta L. Horton Research Professor of genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She was the chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology from 2006 to 2010. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on virology.


Kirkegaard received her bachelor's degree in genetics from the University of California Berkeley in 1976[2] and her PhD from Harvard University in biochemistry and molecular biology in 1983[3] the lab of James C. Wang. She then did postdoctoral research at the Whitehead Institute in the lab of David Baltimore.[4]

She joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, before moving to the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1996.[4][5] She was the chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology from 2006 to 2010.[6]

She is an editor for the American Society for Microbiology's Journal of Virology.[7] She was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator[8] and her work has been funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.[9]

Her research focuses on the transmission of viruses and how viruses develop resistance to drugs.[10][11]



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  13. ^ "Kirkegaard, Karla". The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
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