Karl Klose

Note: Due to technical difficulties during Dr. Klose’s 2012 talk, we asked him to reprise and update his talk in 2013 – take a look.


Dr. Klose received his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of California Berkeley in 1993, and performed postdoctoral studies in microbial pathogenesis at Harvard Medical School.

He joined the department of Microbiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1997 as an assistant professor, and moved to the University of Texas San Antonio in 2004. He is the founder and director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, which consists of 19 infectious disease laboratories.

Dr. Klose’s research focuses on understanding bacterial pathogenesis, in order to develop effective vaccines and therapeutics. His laboratory studies Vibrio cholerae and Francisella tularensis, as well as several other human bacterial pathogens.

An author on more than 84 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Klose has received funding from numerous sources, including NIH, DoD, SAAF, and Thrasher Fund. He has mentored many Ph.D., Masters, and undergraduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, and international visiting students from India, Spain, Austria, Germany, and Chile.

He has participated in numerous NIH study sections, he was the President of the Texas Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) (2001-2003), and has been an organizer of multiple national and international meetings, including meetings in Spain, Brazil, France, and India. He has twice been a recipient of two ASM Visiting Professorships, the first to Kolkata, India in 2004, and the second to Valparaiso, Chile in 2012. He received the 2002 Presidential Junior Research Scholar award at UTHSCSA and the 2009 President’s Distinguished Research Achievement Award at UTSA.