Dr. Caroline Kulesza

Dr. Caroline Kulesza
Associate Professor of Biology


  • Microbiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Infectious Disease


  • Ph.D, Microbiology, University of Virginia, 2001
  • B.S, Biochemistry, Penn State University, 1992


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About Dr. Caroline Kulesza

Caroline Kulesza joined the faculty of Fort Lewis College as an assistant professor of Biology in 2015. Her research focuses on Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV), a herpesvirus that causes life-threatening illness in patients immuno-compromised by bone marrow and solid organ transplantation, HIV/AIDS and cancer chemotherapy. Herpesviruses are important human and animal pathogens associated with a wide variety of acute and chronic diseases. Beyond the impact of these viruses in the public health sphere, study of this extensive family of large DNA viruses offers many opportunities to elucidate fundamental aspects of biology, such as DNA replication, gene expression, protein function and immune recognition of pathogens.

Dr. Kulesza is a 2016 Assessment Fellow in the Biology Scholars Program of the American Society for Microbiology. Within the college, she is a member of the Liberal Arts Core Council and the Institutional Review Board.