Karen Kibler

Karen Kibler

Assistant Research Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy


Dr. Karen Kibler is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. Dr. Kibler received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Iowa in 1977 and completed her PhD in Microbiology at ASU in 1997. After holding postdoctoral positions at both NIAID at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, she returned to ASU. Most of her work in the past eight years has been within large consortia funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in an effort to develop an HIV vaccine. She has served as the university’s Biosafety Officer, is a member of multiple university committees, manages the high containment facilities at The Biodesign Institute, and is Chair of the ASU IACUC.


Poxvirus vector constructs for use as vaccines; HIV in vitro and in vivo assays; protocols and standard operating procedures for high containment biological facilities.