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Associate Teaching Professor

Contact Info

Research Interests

research-based pedagogy; norovirus; influenza; viral evolution; coronavirus; virology education; antigenic variation; curriculum development
Experiences & Accomplishments
UNC Chapel Hill
Endicott College
New College of Florida
Kari Debbink, PhD, MEd, is a scientist and educator with a background in virology. She is interested in viral evolution, how the structure of viral proteins impacts interactions with host cells and antibodies, and improving microbiology education through research-based approaches.
Honors & Awards
Outstanding Faculty Award, Bowie State University, College of Arts & Sciences, 2021 

Presidential Distinguished Achievement in Teaching, Bowie State University, 2021 

Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Bowie State University, College of Arts & Sciences, 2019 
Select Publications
Selected publications that reflect my scientific and educational interests.
  • Kushner DB, Cline TD, Danthi P, Debbink KM, Ferran MC, Flenniken M, Johnson DM, Mehle A, Morales DA, Mukhopadhyay S, Parker JSL, Spriggs CC, O’Donnell LA, Maginnis MS. (2022). “Curriculum Guidelines for Graduate and Undergraduate Virology Courses.” J. Virol. PMID: 36094313. 
  • Johnson BA, Xie X, Bailey AL, Kalveram B, Lokugamage KG, Muruato A, Zou J, Zhang X, Juelich T, Smith Johnson BA, Zhang L, Bopp N, S Schindewolf C, Vu M, Vanderheiden A, Winkler ES, Swetnam D, Plante JA, Aguilar P, Plante KS, Popov V, Lee B, Weaver SC, Suthar MS, Routh AL, Ren P, Ku Z, An Z, Debbink K, Diamond MS, Shi PY, Freiberg AN, Menachery VD. (2021) “Loss of furin cleavage site attenuates SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis.” Nature. PMID: 33494095. 
  • Goo L, Debbink K, Kose N, Sapparapu G, Doyle MP, Wessel AW, Richner JM, Burgomaster KE, Larman BC, Dowd KA, Diamond MS, Crowe JE Jr, Pierson TC. (2019) “A protective human monoclonal antibody targeting the West Nile virus E protein preferentially recognizes mature virions.” Nature Microbiology. PMID: 30455471. 
  • Debbink K, McCrone JT, Petrie JG, Truscon R, Johnson E, *Mantlo E, Monto AS, Lauring AS. (2017) “Vaccination has minimal impact on the intrahost diversity of H3N2 influenza viruses.” PLOS Pathogens. PMID: 28141862  
  • Debbink K, Donaldson EF, Lindesmith L, Baric RS. (2012) “Genetic Mapping of a Highly Variable Norovirus GII.4 Blockade Epitope: Potential Role in Escape from Human Herd Immunity.” J Virology, 86(2):1214.