Carol A. Fassbinder-Orth, BA, PhD
Carol A. Fassbinder-Orth, BA, PhD

Carol A. Fassbinder-Orth, BA, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Biology

Position

  • Associate Professor

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Fassbinder-Orth, C. A. Methods for quantifying gene expression in ecoimmunology: from qPCR to RNA-Seq, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 54, 396-406, 2014
  • Fassbinder-Orth, Carol, Barak, Virginia A., Rainwater, Ellecia L., Altrichter, Ashley M. Buggy Creek Virus (Togaviridae: Alphavirus) Upregulates Expression of Pattern Recognition Receptors and Interferons in House Sparrows ( Passer domesticus), Vector Borne & Zoonotic Diseases, 14, 439-446, 2014
  • Meier, Samuel A., Fassbinder-Orth, Carol A., Karasov, William H. Ontogenetic changes in innate immune function in captive and wild subspecies of prairie-chickens ( Tympanuchus cupido spp.), Journal of Wildlife Management, 77, 633-638, 2013
  • Fassbinder-Orth, Carol A., Barak, Virginia A., Brown, Charles R. Immune Responses of a Native and an Invasive Bird to Buggy Creek Virus (Togaviridae: Alphavirus) and Its Arthropod Vector, the Swallow Bug (Oeciacus vicarius), PLoS One, 8, e58045, 2013
  • Fassbinder-Orth, C., Barak, V., Brown, C. Avian Immune Responses to Alphavirus Infections, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 52, E56-E56, 2012
  • Fassbinder-Orth, Carol A., Hofmeister, Erik K., Weeks-Levy, Carolyn, Karasov, William H. Oral and Parenteral Immunization of Chickens (Gallus gallus) Against West Nile Virus with Recombinant Envelope Protein, Avian Diseases, 53, 502-509, 2009

Editing and Reviews

  • Fassbinder-Orth, C. The avian migrant: the biology of bird migration, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 51, 867-867, 2014
  • Fassbinder-Orth, C. Penguins: natural history and conservation, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 51, 296-296, 2013

Presentations

  • Using molecular techniques to measure immune responses and infectious disease dynamics in non-model species. C. Fassbinder-Orth. Invited Symposium at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX., 2014
  • Lipid digestion and absorption are impaired during an alphavirus infection in nestling birds. D. Goto, E. Rainwater, and C. Fassbinder-Orth. Oral presentation at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX., 2014
  • Effects of an arbovirus infection on nestling house sparrow digestive enzyme activity. M. Walek, B. Kawamoto, R. Shrestha, T. Tran, and C. Fassbinder-Orth. Poster presentation at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX., 2014
  • Expanding our toolbox in avian ecological immunology: effectiveness of a new anti-passerine IgY detecting antibody in wild birds. T. Tran, R. Boughton, J. Fair, T. Wilcoxen, E. Hofmeister, and C. Fassbinder-Orth. Poster presentation at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX., 2014
  • Effects of an arbovirus infection on avian digestive enzyme activity. B. Kawamoto, M. Walek, R. Shrestha, T. Tran, and C. Fassbinder-Orth. Poster presentation at the Nebraska Physiological Society meeting in Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Alphavirus infection impairs growth and digestive function in nestling birds. D. Goto, E. Rainwater, T. Killpack, and C. Fassbinder-Orth. Invited oral presentation at the Nebraska Physiological Society meeting in Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Immune responses of a native and an invasive bird to an alphavirus and its arthropod vector. C. Fassbinder-Orth, V. Barak, and C. Brown. Poster presentation at: the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network in Ecoimmunology meeting. Berlin, Germany., 2013
  • Avian Adaptive Immune Responses to Buggy Creek Virus (Togaviridae: Alphavirus) and its Arthropod Vector, the Swallow Bug (Oeciacus vicarius). V. Barak, C. Brown, C. Fassbinder-Orth. Oral presentation at: Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE., 2013
  • Experimental inoculation of nestling houses sparrows (Passer domesticus) with Buggy Creek virus. E. Rainwater, C. Fassbinder-Orth. Oral presentation at: Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE., 2013
  • Avian Adaptive Immune Responses to Buggy Creek Virus (Togaviridae: Alphavirus) and its Arthropod Vector, the Swallow Bug (Oeciacus vicarius). V. Barak, C. Brown, C. Fassbinder-Orth. Oral presentation at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA., 2013
  • Experimental inoculation of nestling houses sparrows (Passer domesticus) with Buggy Creek virus. E. Rainwater, C. Fassbinder-Orth. Oral presentation at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA., 2013
  • Alphavirus infection impairs growth and development of altricial nestling birds. M. Hiatt, Tess Killpack, W. Crouch, C. Fassbinder-Orth. Poster presentation at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA., 2013
  • Avian Alphavirus Infections: Studying the Immune Response with Bead-Based Gene Expression Assays. C.A. Fassbinder-Orth, V. Barak, and C. Brown. Poster presented at the NSF Research Coordination Network in Ecoimmunology Conference, Ann Arbor, MI., 2012
  • C. A. Fassbinder-Orth, V. Barak, and C. Brown. 2012. Avian Immune Responses to Alphavirus Infections. Oral presentation at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC., 2012
  • Ashley Altrichter and C. A. Fassbinder-Orth. 2011. Comparative avian immunogenetics: an exploration of antiviral genes in several wild bird species. Poster presented at: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT., 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Virology, Ecoimmunology, Zoonotic diseases

Current Research Projects

  • 1. Alphavirus dynamics and persistence in insect vectors and avian hosts and 2.  Effects of Varroa mites on honey bee viral infections

Grant Funding Received

  • Exploration of Quasispecies Dynamics in an Alphavirus. C.A. Fassbinder-Orth. Submitted to Creighton’s Summer Faculty Research Fund
  • An investigation of Buggy Creek virus replication dynamics. C.A. Fassbinder-Orth. Submitted to Creighton’s CURAS Faculty Research Fund
  • Effects of Buggy Creek Virus Infection on Avian Bone Development. C.A. Fassbinder-Orth, Mohammed Akhter, James Platz. Submitted to Creighton’s Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research fund
  • Avian Immune Responses to Ectoparasites and Alphaviruses. Submitted to Creighton College of Arts and Sciences Research Incentive Award
  • INBRE: Dynamics of Buggy Creek virus infection: Investigations with in vitro and in vivo models. (C.A. Fassbinder-Orth. Submitted to: Nebraska INBRE program

Awards and Honors

  • Creighton Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Creighton University, 2011