Karen A. Kormuth, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Karen Kormuth



439 Bridgeside Point 2

450 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


PhD in Biological Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016

BA in Cell/Molecular Biology, Washington & Jefferson College, 2010

Research Summary

I am interested in investigating environmental and molecular drivers of influenza seasonality and transmission. Specifically, I am studying the relationship between influenza virus stability and relative humidity in simulated respiratory droplets. This work will be important to define conditions that are likely to support transmission of distinct strains, and inform future strategies intended to minimize the spread of flu.

Research Lab Affiliation

Why I Chose Pitt

I chose the University of Pittsburgh in order expand upon my background in nucleic acids biology/biochemsitry while pursuing translational infectious disease research.


Kormuth KA, Woolford JL and Armitage BA. (2016) Homologous PNA Hybridization to noncanonical DNA G-quadruplexes. Biochemistry. 55: 1749−1757. |  View Abstract