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Kristin Dew Weimer, MD, PhD



Matriculated: 2006

Graduate Program: Microbiology/Immunology

Education:

BS (Honors Degree in Chemistry), Georgetown University, 2006
MD/PhD Wake Forest University

Residency
Pediatrics - Duke University, Durham, NC.

Research:
My research is focused on polymicrobial otitis media infections involving H. influenzae and S. pneumoniae and how these infections differ from single species infections.

Presentations:
K.E.D. Weimer, C.E. Armbruster, R.A. Juneau, B. Pang, W.E. Swords. Co-infection with Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae alters pneumococcal disease progression by promoting stable biofilm formation. 110th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Poster Presentation. San Diego, CA. May 2010.

K.E.D. Weimer and W.E. Swords. Co-infection with Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae alters pneumococcal disease progression by promoting stable biofilm formation. Annual Meeting of the North Carolina American Society for Microbiology. Research Talk. Durham, NC. October 2009.

K.E. Dew, S. Arimilli, C.J. Henry, L.M. Mitchell, E.M. Hiltbold, W.E. Swords. H. influenzae and M. catarrhalis trigger a potent immune response through activation of dendritic cells. 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Immunologists. Poster Presentation. Seattle, WA. May 2009.

K.E. Dew, W. Hong, S.D. Reid, W.E. Swords. Surface attached communities in the chinchilla model for experimental otitis media. 108th Annual Meeting of the Society for Microbiology. Poster Presentation. Boston, MA. April 2008.

K.E. Dew, W. Hong, S.D. Reid, W.E. Swords. Surface attached communities in the chinchilla model for experimental otitis media. Medical Student Research Day. Wake Forest University School of Medicine. October 2007.

Publications:
K.E.D. Weimer, R.A. Juneau, K.A. Murrah, B. Pang, C.E. Armbruster, S.H. Richardson, W.E. Swords. Divergent mechanism for passive pneumococcal resistance to ?-lactam antibiotics in the presence of Haemophilus influenzae. J Infect Dis, In Press.

R.A. Juneau, B. Pang, K.E.D. Weimer, C.E. Armbruster, W.E. Swords. Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae Initiates the Formation of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps. Infect Immun, In Press.

K.E.D Weimer, C.E. Armbruster, R.A. Juneau, W. Hong, B. Pang, W.E. Swords. Coinfection with Haemophilus influenzae promotes pneumococcal biofilm formation during experimental otitis media and impedes the progression of pneumococcal disease. J Infect Dis 2010; 202(7): 1068-1075.

C.E. Armbruster, W. Hong, B. Pang, K.E.D. Weimer, R.A. Juneau, J. Turner and W.E. Swords. Indirect Pathogenicity of Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis in Polymicrobial Otitis Media Occurs via Interspecies Quorum Sensing. mBio 1(3):e00102-10.

S.D. Reid, W. Hong, K.E. Dew, D.R. Winn, B. Pang, J.M. Watt, D.T. Glover, S.K. Hollingshead and W.E. Swords. Streptococcus pneumoniae forms surface attached biofilm communities within the middle-ear chamber of experimentally infected chinchillas. J Infect Dis 2009; 199: 786 794.

C.E. Armbruster, W. Hong, B. Pang, K.E. Dew, R.A. Juneau, M.S. Byrd, C.F. Love, N.D. Kock, W.E. Swords. LuxS promotes biofilm maturation and persistence of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae in vivo via modulation of lipooligosaccharides on the bacterial surface. Infect Immun. 2009 Sep;77(9):4081-91.

Honors and Awards:
Funded by NIH Training Grant, 2008 - 2010
Distinction in Chemistry Award, Georgetown University 2006
American Institute of Chemists Award, Georgetown University 2006

Professional Society Memberships:
North Carolina Medical Association
American Medical Association
American College of Physicians
American Society for Microbiology
American Association of Immunologists

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