Author Archive: Karla Fjeld


Karla I. Fjeld is the Research and Development Scientist at Microbiologics. Karla received a Bachelor of Arts in biology and chemistry at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota in 2001, and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan in 2007. As the R&D Scientist, she works on both new products and product and process improvements

Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Combating a Multidrug-Resistant Organism

The global spread of antibiotic resistant sexually transmitted diseases (STD) has received increased attention over the past several years from health institutes including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These organizations are…
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8 Microorganisms that Changed the World

Microorganisms triggered many events that drastically altered human history. The most notorious microbes caused mass death and destruction, but they also inspired modern medical advances often taken for granted. The significant impact these tiny, invisible-to-the-naked-eye creatures can have on our…
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7 of the Germiest Things in School

It’s back to school for many U.S. students this week and parents everywhere are rejoicing and/or are reflecting on how quickly the time with their little ones (or not so little anymore) is flying by. As a microbiologist, you might…
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How Microbes Contribute to the Smells of the Outdoors

Have you ever stepped outside after a bout of summer rain just to bask in that familiar, refreshing rainfall scent that fills the air? Some may be surprised to learn the notorious “fresh rain” aroma, and other distinctive outdoors smells,…
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Unsung Women Who Changed Science

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” Rosalind Franklin Women have made great scientific discoveries throughout history.  Unfortunately, due to cultural mindsets during their time, many were not recognized for their work. In celebration of Women’s History…
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Microbes in Your Mouth

Like the rest of your body, the mouth contains numerous microorganisms.  Some help to keep our mouths healthy, others not so much.  Have you ever wondered what is really in there? Researchers have compiled a list of microorganisms that normally…
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DIY Holiday Gifts for Microbiologists

The holidays are a time to show your loved ones how much you care by giving a thoughtful gift.  You can reduce stress and add a personal touch by making some of these wonderful crafts for the microbiologists on your…
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