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Karen G. Burnett

Research Associate

Address: A123 Hollings Marine Lab
Phone: 843.725.4826
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Postdoctoral Research - University of California San Diego
Ph.D. - University of South Carolina
B.S. - College of William and Mary

Research Interests

Comparative immunology and cell biology; physiological costs of immunity; impacts of natural and anthropogenic stressors on resistance to disease in marine organisms.

Courses Taught

BIOL 414, 614; EVSS 626: Environmental Immunology


Williams, H.R., B.M. Macey, L.E. Burnett, K.G. Burnett.  2009.  Differential localization and bacteriostasis of Vibrio among tissues of the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. Develop. Comp. Immunol. 33:592-600.

Thibodeaux, L.K., K.G. Burnett, L.E. Burnett. 2009. Energy metabolism and metabolic depression during exercise in Callinectes sapidus, the Atlantic blue crab: Effects of the bacterial pathogen Vibrio campbellii. J. Exp. Biol. 212:3428-3439.

Burge, E.J., L.E. Burnett, K.G. Burnett. 2009. Time-course analysis of peroxynectin mRNA expression in the shrimp Litopeneaus vannamei after challenge with Vibrio campbellii. Fish & Shellfish Immunol. 27:603-609.

Schock, T.B., D.A. Stancyk, L. Thibodeaux, K.G. Burnett, L.E. Burnett, A.F.B. Boroujerdi, D.W. Bearden. 2009. Metabolomic analysis of Atlantic blue crab Callinectes sapidus hemolymph following oxidative stress. Metabolomics 6:250-262.

Macey, B.M., M.J. Jenny, H.R. Williams, L.K. Thibodeaux, M. Beal, J.S. Almeida, C. Cunningham, A. Mancia, G.W. Warr, E.J. Burge, A.F. Holland, P.S. Gross, S. Hikima, K.G. Burnett, L.E. Burnett, R.W. Chapman. 2010. Modeling interactions of acid-base balance and respiratory status in the toxicity of metal mixtures. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 155: 341-349.

Johnson, N.J., L.E. Burnett, K.G. Burnett. 2011. Properties of bacteria that trigger hemocytopenia in the Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. Biol Bull. 221: 164-175.