Traci Kinkel

Instructor Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology


(970) 491-3263

About Traci

Dr. Kinkel received her BA from Colorado State University in the Microbiology Dept and is now back to share her enthusiasm about Microbiology with undergraduate students. Dr. Kinkel has spent many years conducting research in Microbiology, investigating the link between microbial physiology and virulence of several Gram-positive bacterial pathogens. Dr. Kinkel is a Lab Coordinator for the CURE Labs (MIP401) and a co-instructor for MIP425 Virology & Cell Culture lab class. Dr. Kinkel also participates in teaching MIP150, Introduction to Research Methods, helping students learn essential laboratory research skills. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kinkel also manages the media prep kitchen and handles the virology and cell culture sample preparation. Dr. Kinkel is a recipient of the 2024 Best Teacher Award.


PhD, Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2008BA, Microbiology, Colorado State University, 2003


Kinkel TL, Ramos-Montañez S, Pando JM, Tadeo DV, Strom EN, Libby SJ, and Fang FC; An Essential Role for Bacterial Nitric Oxide Synthase in Staphylococcus aureus Electron Transfer and Colonization. Nat Micro. 2016 Nov; 2(16224)Kinkel TL, Roux C, Dunman PM, and Fang FC; The Staphylococcus aureus SrrAB Two-Component System Promotes Resistance to Nitrosative Stress and Hypoxia. mBio 2013 Nov; 4(6): doi:10.1128/mBio.00696-13Kinkel TL and McIver KS; CcpA-mediated repression of streptolysin S and virulence in the Group A streptococcus. Infect Immun. 2008 Aug;76(8):3451-63