Carolina Mehaffy

Assistant Professor Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About Carolina

Dr. Mehaffy is a microbiologist with experience and expertise in infectious disease biomarkers, proteomics, genomics, microbial physiology and discipline-based education. Dr. Mehaffy is an advocate for undergraduate research experiences and teaches MIP401, a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) where students participate in an authentic research experience. In addition to undergraduate research, Dr. Mehaffy is interested in discipline-based education research to identify strategies that promote student engagement, motivation, and sense of belonging in the Microbiology curricula. Dr. Mehaffy’s teaching philosophy is based on best practices for inclusive teaching and centers on a growth mind set belief that all students can be successful. Dr. Mehaffy is the primary instructor for MIP351 and MIP401, is one of the primary instructors for MIP300, and co-teaches MIP443 and MIP292. In addition, Dr. Mehaffy also participates as guest lecturer for MIP570 and MIP681.


Ph.D., Microbiology, Colorado State University, 2009M.S., Microbiology, Los Andes University, Bogota, Colombia, 2002B.S., Microbiology, Los Andes University, Bogota, Colombia, 2000