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Dr. Liz Karr, Associate Dean

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Liz Karr, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the Graduate College
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Plant Biology
(405) 325-3811

Dr. Liz Karr joined the Graduate College in July 2020.  Dr. Karr’s leadership and history of innovation in graduate education will help the Graduate College maintain graduate student enrollments through recruitment and retention initiatives in a challenging environment. Also, she will help spearhead new projects, including establishing a robust postdoctoral affairs office, drafting employment policies for graduate students and postdocs, and enhancing faculty skills in mentoring graduate students and postdocs.

Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members are welcome to contact Dr. Karr for confidential consultations and advice. To schedule, please reach out to her directly via email.

Dr. Karr was director of the graduate program in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology from January 2017 through June 2020. In that capacity, she worked with faculty on numerous reforms to improve graduate student recruitment, academic performance, evaluation, professional development, and support. She has served on Faculty Senate, Research Council, and as Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Committee.

Dr. Karr received her BS in Biology from Murray State University in Murray, KY, and her PhD in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She went on to The Ohio State University as an NSF postdoctoral fellow and joined the faculty at OU in 2007. Throughout her career, her research has ranged from ecosystem-level studies of microorganisms in extreme environments to how microorganisms sense and respond to stress at the molecular level while conserving energy. Her work has been published in top microbiology journals. Her research program has been funded by the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Price Family Foundation, Inc.

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