Dr. Margaret Kanipes

Dr. Margaret Kanipes earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) and her doctoral degree in Biological Sciences in 1997 from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She did postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Before joining the faculty at NCAT, she was an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Fayetteville State University. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Chemistry and Interim Chair at NCAT. Dr. Kanipes has several publications in refereed journals, which also include her current research efforts in analyzing the oligosaccharide region of the unique glycolipid, lipooligosaccharide in the food-borne pathogen, Campylobacter. Her current research focus involves developing rapid molecular genotyping technologies for identifying potentially harmful strains of Campylobacter jejuni that pose a threat to deployed military personnel. Since 2002, thirteen undergraduates, five graduates, one community college student and two high school seniors have conducted research in her laboratory. Currently three undergraduates and 3 M.S. graduate students are conducting research in her laboratory. Dr. Kanipes has garnered several honors and awards including the prestigious Young Investigator’s Award presented at the Sixth Conference of the International Endotoxin Society meeting in Paris, France in August 2000. She was an invited speaker at that meeting where she discussed the results of her research on “A Calcium Induced Enzyme that Modifies the Outer Kdo of LPS in Escherichia coli.” In 2007, she received the College of Arts and Sciences and the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Young Investigator of the Year Award. Dr. Kanipes is currently an active member of several professional organizations including the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) where she is a member of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities of the ASM’s Public and Scientific Affairs Board. She serves as the National Treasurer for the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society. She also serves as the Vice President and sponsor for the Fe Chapter of Iota Sigma Pi, National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. She enjoys mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students on how to be successful in reaching their goals in scientific fields.