“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

Carol Fassbinder-Orth

Associate Professor
Avian Immunology and Zoonotic Diseases

Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2008
B.S. – Iowa State University, 2003

Department of Biology
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178-0103
Office: Hixson-Lied 419
Lab: Rigge Science 408

Additional website: http://carolfassbinderorth.weebly.com/

Courses Offered

    • BIO 205 – General Biology: Organismal & Population Lab – Coordinator
    • BIO 449 – Animal Physiology
    • BIO 450 – Animal Physiology Lab
    • BIO/EVS 539 – Ecology of Zoonotic Diseases

Research Interests

  • Avian immune responses to viral infections
  • Ecological Immunology
  • Avian Digestive Physiology

Scholarly Works


Fassbinder-Orth, C.A. 2014. Gene expression quantification methods in ecoimmunology: from qPCR to RNA-Seq. Integrative and Comparative Biology. In Press.

Fassbinder-Orth, C.A., V. A. Barak, E. L. Rainwater, and A.M. Altrichter. 2014. Buggy Creek virus (Togaviridae: Alphavirus) upregulates expression of PRRs and interferons in house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. In Press.

Fassbinder-Orth, C.A., V. Barak, and C. Brown. 2013. Immune Responses of a Native and an Invasive Bird to Buggy Creek Virus (Togaviridae: Alphavirus) and its Arthropod Vector, the Swallow Bug (Oeciacus vicarius). Submitted to PLoS ONE 8(2): e58045. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058045

Meier, S., C.A. Fassbinder-Orth, and W.H. Karasov. 2013. Ontogeny of innate immune responses in the Greater prairie-chicken (Typanuchus cupido pinnatus) and the Attwater’s prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri). Journal of Wildlife Management DOI:10.1002/jwmg.487.

Fassbinder-Orth, C. A., E. K. Hofmeister, C. Weeks-Levy, and W. H. Karasov. 2009. Oral and parenteral immunization of chickens (Gallus gallus) against West Nile virus with recombinant envelope protein. Avian Diseases 53:502-509.

Fassbinder-Orth, C. A., and W. H. Karasov. 2006. Effects of feed restriction and realimentation on digestive and immune function in the leghorn chick. Poultry Science 85:1449-1456.