Dr. Karolina Mukhtar is the OUTPACE Course Master. She received her PhD degree in Plant Genetics in 2005 from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. Then, she completed post-doctoral training at Duke University Dept. of Biology (2006-2010), where she studied molecular regulation of plant immune responses. She is an Associate Professor of Biology at UAB since 2010. She teaches Genetics and Plant Biology and enjoys training students in both lab and field settings.

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar was awarded a NSF-CAREER grant in the spring of 2014. The award, totaling $1.1 million, is among the Foundation’s most prestigious ones. Through the NSF grant, the Mukhtar lab will be supporting additional research activities, as well as fund the five-year Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Plant Pathology OUTPACE.


Teaching Assistants

XiaoyuXiaoyu Liu is a PhD candidate in the Biology Department working with Dr. Karolina Mukhtar. Her research focused on the understanding of the ER stress sensor IRE1 in the plant immune responses.




TaiabaHello! I am Taiaba Afrin from Bangladesh. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh and my Master’s degree in Biology from Missouri State University. I just started my PhD in Dr. Karolina Mukhtar’s lab from summer 2017 and will explore plant immune response in her lab.