University of Kentucky
Department of Veterinary Science
Lexington, KY, USA

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©2017 by The Shaffer Lab

Carrie L. Shaffer, PhD

Assistant Professor 

University of Kentucky

Department of Veterinary Science

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences



NIH Postdoctoral Scholar

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, 2016 – 2017


Postdoctoral Fellow

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, 2012 – 2016



Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Microbiology and Immunology, 2007 – 2011

Summa cum laude


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Agricultural Biotechnology, 2003 – 2007

Summa cum laude


Searle Scholars Program Institutional Nominee, University of Kentucky (2017)

T4SS-2016: Type IV Secretion in Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria

International Conference, Plenary Speaker

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Grant (2016)

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32 DK105720) (2015-2017)

Public Library of Science (PLoS) Early Career Travel Award (2015)

Campylobacter, Helicobacter, and Related Organisms International Meeting

Symposium Presentation (2015)

American Society for Microbiology Young Investigator Oral Presentation, ASM General Meeting (2016)

Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Fellow of the Year, Honorable Mention (2015)

Best of Microbiology & Immunology, Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Research Symposium (2015)

Fellow, Vanderbilt Infection Pathogenesis and Epidemiology Research Training Program (2013)

Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Oral Presentation Award (2013)

Vanderbilt Program in Microbial Pathogenesis Sabbatical Award (2012)

Vanderbilt Incentive for Excellence Award (2012)

Campylobacter, Helicobacter, and Related Organisms International Meeting

Symposium Presentation and Travel Grant (2011)

Richard and Mary Finkelstein Award, American Society for Microbiology (2010)

Outstanding Student Poster, American Society for Microbiology General Meeting (2010)

Oswald Research Award in the Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky (2006)

Glenn Collins Research Achievement Award in Agricultural Biotechnology, University of Kentucky (Inaugural Recipient) (2005)

Full Academic Presidential Scholarship, University of Kentucky (2003-2007)



Shaffer, CL (Co-Inventor). Type IV Secretion System Inhibitors – US Patent Pending 62/296,553

This disclosure relates to compounds, compositions, and methods for treating or preventing conditions or disorders caused by or associated with bacteria, including bacterial type IV secretion systems.