Tess Killpack


Tess Killpack
Assistant Professor of Biology
Salem State University
Salem, MA
TEACRS Alumna, 2015





I joined TEACRS after completing my PhD in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. During my training, I studied with Linden Hu, MD, Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology at the School of Medicine. 

My research focused on host innate immune response to Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. I used cell and mouse models to examine the mechanism of uptake of B.burgdorferi and the roles of integrins and other molecules in the activation of TLR2 signaling that leads to inflammation. 

As part of the TEACRS Program, I taught Anatomy and Physiology II with lecture and lab at Pine Manor College.

I am continuing my career as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Salem State University.