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Kimberly Starr
MGM Graduate Student

437 Jones
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919-681-2081
Fax: TBD

Kimberly Starr

Research Interest: Microbial pathogenesis with an emphasis on host-microbe interaction during infection.

I was born in Jacksonville, Florida but mostly grew up in Alabama. I graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and decided to pursue my Master of Science degree. My thesis was entitled “Microbial Implication of Magnetite Nanoparticles,” and I learned a lot of valuable lessons from that experience. Duke’s program was my first choice when researching universities, so I was thrilled to start this August. Particularly, I am interested in microbial pathogenesis, so Duke’s MGM program really stood out to me in terms of faculty and research areas. I’m especially interested in host-pathogen interaction as it relates to infection. About me. . .well, I grew up around beaches, so I love to find a reason to go to the Caribbean, but I have an aversion to horseshoe crabs. I love gardening, knitting, crocheting, cooking, being outside, and of course, science! This is the most northern state I have ever lived in so I am still giddy if I see a few snowflakes once every few years. Needless to say, I do not excel at winter sports. I love football, so I will always find time for a good SEC match, but I will watch basketball too, especially Duke.

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