Kristine   L.  Lowe

Professor  

Office: ESCNE 2.360
Phone: (956) 665-8749
Email: kristine.lowe@utrgv.edu

Dr. Kristine L. Lowe

Dr. Lowe is originally from Illinois and came to South Texas in 2004. She is currently a Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Biology for UTRGV.





Selected Publications


  • Kristine Lowe, Deidre Wheaton, Ala Qubbaj, and Loretta Moore. "Developmental Network: The ADVANCE Women of Color Summer Writing Retreat," Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching, 2, no. Special Edition 10 November 2017: 888-892.

  • I Cortez, Christopher Vitek, Michael Persans, and Kristine Lowe. "Seasonal detection of atrazine and atzA in man-made waterways receiving agricultural runoff in a subtropical, semi-arid environment (Hidalgo County, Texas, USA)," World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 33, no. 2 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 1-8.

  • Omar Elizondo, Rebecca Villarreal, Sonia Del Rio, and Kristine Lowe. "Manganese-Reducing Bacterial Communities from a Hypersaline Estuary in South Texas Under Conditions of Changing Salinity," Texas Journal of Science 66, no. 3 (August 2016).

  • Maricica Pacurari, Kristine Lowe, Paul Tchounwou, and Ramzi Kafoury. "A Review on the Respiratory System Toxicity of Carbon Nanoparticles," Bazel: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13, no. 3 (March 2016): 325.

  • L Espinoza, A Baines, and Kristine Lowe. "Biochemical, nutrient and inhibitory characteristics of Streptomyces cultured from the Laguna Madre of South Texas," Online Journal of Biological Sciences 13, no. 1 (2013): 18-27.

  • Felicia Charles, Sergio Cepeda, J. Andrew McDonald, and Kristine Lowe. "Opportunistic pathogenic bacteria colonize thorns of native Rio Grande Valley plants," Subtropical Plant Science 65, (2013): 8-14.

  • C Dracy, T Eubanks, and Kristine Lowe. "Thiosulfate-related microbial communities from four arid soils in the Southwestern United States.," Journal of Arid Environments 92, (2013): 59-62.

  • Kristen Phillips, Frederic Zaidan, Omar Elizondo, and Kristine Lowe. "Phenotypic characterization and 16S rDNA identification of culturable non-obligate halophilic bacterial communities from a hypersaline lake, La Sal del Rey, in extreme South Texas (USA)," Aquatic biosystems 8, no. 5 (2012): 1–11.

  • D Molina IV and Kristine Lowe. "Use of Quantitative - PCR of functional genes to monitor coliforms and enteric bacteria in a constructed, urban wetland," BIOS 83, (2012): 136-144.

  • T Molina, R Patel, D Molina, M Persans, and Kristine Lowe. "Isolation and characteristics of a naturally-occurring nickel resistance plasmid from a rare hypersaline estuary (Laguna Madre, Texas, USA)," World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 27, no. 9 (2011): 2163-2171.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Engil Pereira. Linking Microbiomes to Soil Microenvironments, $24,700.00 (April 16, 2018 - October 31, 2019)

  • Kristine Lowe. Antimicrobial properties of halophilic archaea from a salt lake, UTRGV ADVANCE, $10,000.00 (September 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018)

  • Kristine Lowe. Vibrio Vulnificus Monitoring along the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley, Texas , Office of Engaged Scholarship and Learning, $2,000.00 (January 2, 2017 - August 15, 2017)

  • Kristine Lowe. ADVANCE Graduate Assistant, UTRGV ADVANCE, $10,000.00 (September 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017)

  • Kristine Lowe. Undergraduate Research Initiative, UTRGV, $2,000.00 (January 2016 - August 2016)

  • Erin Schuenzel. MRI: Acquisition of a next-generation sequencer for biological research at a Hispanic serving institute in South Texas, National Science Foundation, $158,420.00 (January 1, 2013 - August 31, 2016)

  • Kristine Lowe. Undergraduate Research Initiative, UTPA, $2,000.00 (2014 - 2014)

  • Kristine Lowe. Undergraduate Research Initiative, UTPA, $2,000.00 (2013 - 2014)

  • Kristine Lowe. Undergraduate Research and Mentoring at a Hispanic Serving Institution Investigating a Rare Ecosystem, National Science Foundation, Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM), $768,552.00 (September 2009 - August 2013)

  • Kristine Lowe. Research in Subtropical Biology at a Hispanic Gateway Institution, National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), $245,000.00 (2007 - 2010)



Selected Presentations


  • Engil Pereira, Jihoon Kang, Chu-Lin Cheng, Mirayda Torres-Avila, Bradley Christoffersen, Christopher Gabler, Kristine Lowe, and Alexis Racelis. "Increasing Hispanic Workforce in Soil Science through Training, Research, and Education: A New Integrated Program for the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas," Annual meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA-CSSS, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, California (August 2018)

  • Alisha Janiga, Alexis Racelis, Erin Schuenzel, Christopher Gabler, and Kristine Lowe. "Characterization of Bacteria Communities from Texas Rio Grande Valley Reservoirs for Polychlorinated Biphenyl Metabolism Potential,," UTRGV Graduate Research Symposium, Brownsville (February 2018)

  • Flor Martinez, Kristine Lowe, and Christopher Vitek. "Midgut microbiomes in mosquitoes of South Texas: a comparison of field and laboratory populations," Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, (November 2017)

  • Kristine Lowe, Deide Wheaton, Ala Qubbaj, and Loretta Moore. "Developmental Network: the ADVANCE Women of Color Summer Writing Retreat," 10th Annual Mentoring Conference, University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute, (October 2017)

  • Camille McKay, Loretta Moore, and Deidre Wheaton. "Expanding the Network of STEM Scholars Through the ADVANCE Women of Color Summer Writing Retreat– A Lesson in Multi-Institutional Collaboration," NSF ADVANCE/GSE Program Workshop Broadening Participation: Intersectionality , Washington, DC (October 2017)

  • Claudia Garcia, Deidre Wheaton, and Loretta Moore. "Impact of the ADVANCE Women of Color Summer Writing Retreat at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a Hispanic-Serving Institution," NSF ADVANCE/GSE Program Workshop Broadening Participation: Intersectionality , Washington, DC (October 2017)

  • Louay Bachnak and Kristine Lowe. "Vibrio vulnificus monitoring along the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley, Texas," Engaged Scholars Symposium, Edinburg (April 2017)

  • Alisha Janiga, Alexis Racelis, Erin Schuenzel, Christopher Gabler, and Kristine Lowe. "Characterization of Bacteria Communities from Texas Rio Grande Valley Reservoirs for Polychlorinated Biphenyl Metabolism Potential,," UTRGV College of Science Symposium, Edinburg (March 2017)

  • Gerardo Sanchez, Bonnie Gunn, Mirayda Torres-Avila, and Kristine Lowe. "Efficiency and Efficacy of Flipped vs. Traditional Laboratory Courses at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley," UTRGV College of Science Symposium, Edinburg (March 2017)

  • Louay Bachnak and Kristine Lowe. "Vibrio vulnificus monitoring along the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley, Texas," UTRGV College of Science Symposium, Edinburg (March 2017)

Current Courses

BIOL 6385 10 - Graduate Research:
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BIOL 4201 F - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 4400 05 - Biological Communication:
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BIOL 7301 11 - Thesis II:
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BIOL 4201 06 - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 6365 03 - Biological Research Problems:
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