Tess Killpack


Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department Biology
Office Meier Hall 247
Phone 978.542.3085
Email tess.killpack@salemstate.edu
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

BIO 105 Biological Systems
BIO 124 Human and Social Biology
BIO 131 Introduction to Organisms
EDU 496 Practicum in Student Teaching in Secondary Education (9-12)

Professional Interests

Biology, Physiological Ecology, Ecological Immunology, Biology Education, Skill-building in Introductory Biology, Inclusive Pedagogy, Faculty Professional Development for Inclusive Pedagogy

Responsibilities

Biology Professor, Biology Secondary Education Coordinator, Biological Systems (BIO105) Course Coordinator

Selected Publications

Killpack TL & Fulmer, SM. 2018. Development of a Tool to Assess Interrelated Experimental Design in Introductory Biology. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. vol. 19 no. 3. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i3.1627.

Fassbinder-Orth CA1, TL Killpack1, DS Goto*, EL Rainwater, VI Shearn-Bochsler. 2018. High costs of infection: Alphavirus infection reduces digestive function and bone and feather growth in nestling house sparrows (Passer domesticus). PLoS ONE 13(4): e0195467. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195467. [1Co-first authors]

Killpack TL, Ballesteros M, Bunnell SC, Bedugnis A, Kobzik L, Hu LT, Petnicki-Ocwieja T. 2017. Phagocytic Receptors Activate Syk and Src Signaling during Borrelia burgdorferi Phagocytosis.
Infection & Immunity: 85(10). pii: e00004-17. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00004-17.

Killpack, TL and Melón LC. 2016. “Towards inclusive STEM classrooms: What personal role do faculty play?” CBE Life Sciences Education, vol. 15 no. 3 es3. doi: 10.1187/cbe.16-01-0020.

Petnicki-Ocwieja T, Kern A, Killpack TL, Bunnell SC, and Hu LT. 2015. Adaptor Protein-3–Mediated Trafficking of TLR2 Ligands Controls Specificity of Inflammatory Responses but Not Adaptor Complex Assembly. Journal of Immunology. 195:4331-4340.

Killpack, TL, E Carrel*, WH Karasov. 2015. Impacts of short-term food restriction on immune function and growth in altricial House Sparrow nestlings. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 88:195-207. [Contribution to Focused Issue on “Developmental Physiology”]

Killpack, TL, D Nan Tie*, WH Karasov. 2014. Body composition and adaptive immune function in Zebra Finches following compensatory growth. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 131:396-406.

Killpack, TL, Y Oguchi*, WH Karasov. 2013. Ontogenetic patterns of constitutive immune parameters in altricial House Sparrows. Journal of Avian Biology 44: 513-520. [Selected as “Editor’s Choice” for November 2013]

Killpack, TL and WH Karasov. 2012. Ontogeny of adaptive antibody response to a model antigen in captive altricial Zebra Finches. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47294.

Killpack, TL and WH Karasov. 2012. Growth and development of House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) in response to chronic food restriction throughout the nestling period. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:1806-1815.

Kara, EL, C Heimerl, T Killpack, MC Van de Bogert, H Yoshida, SR Carpenter. 2012. Assessing a decade of phosphorus management in the Lake Mendota, Wisconsin watershed and scenarios for enhanced phosphorus management. Aquatic Sciences 74: 241-253.

Selected Presentations

Killpack, TL & T. Popolizio. June 2019. Embedding authentic inquiry and skill-building into Introductory Organismal Biology labs. MA PKAL Summer Meeting. North Adams, MA. Oral Presentation.

Killpack, TL & T. Popolizio. May 2019. Embedding authentic inquiry and skill-building into Introductory Organismal Biology labs. Salem State Pearls & Perils Conference. Salem, MA. Oral Presentation.

Dewsbury B & TL Killpack. January 2019. Awareness of self and student in inclusive pedagogy’ at Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)-West annual meeting. Irvine, CA. Workshop.

Fassbinder-Orth, C., T. Killpack, D. Goto*, E. Rainwater, V. Shearn-Bochsler. January 2018. High costs of infection: Alphavirus infection reduces digestive function and bone and feather growth in nestling birds. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. Oral presentation.

Killpack, TL & SM Fulmer. July 2018. The Development of a Tool to Assess Student Growth in Experimental Design Skills in an Introductory Biology Course. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) annual meeting. Minneapolis, MN. Poster.

Killpack, TL & SM Fulmer. July 2017. Investigating the impacts of an inquiry-focused redesign of Organismal Biology labs. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) annual meeting. Minneapolis, MN. Poster.

Killpack, TL & Melón, LC. January 2017. Faculty Professional Development for Inclusive STEM Classrooms. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting, New Orleans, LA. Oral presentation.

Killpack, TL. July 2016. Faculty Professional Development for Inclusive STEM classrooms. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) annual meeting. Minneapolis, MN. Roundtable.

Killpack, TL & LC Melón. 2015. Diversity In The College Classroom: A Workshop For Future Faculty. National IRACDA Conference. San Diego, CA. Poster.

Petnicki-Ocwieja, T, A Kern, TL Killpack, S Bunnell, and LT Hu. 2014. Cellular compartmentalization of inflammatory signaling tailors responses to B. burgdorferi in vitro and in vivo. Gordon Research Conference, Biology of Spirochetes. Ventura, CA. Poster.