Tammy L. Kielian, Ph.D.

Department Affiliations
Choudari Kommineni, D.V.M., Ph.D. Professor of Pathology (2014)

Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Neuroimmunology, Glial biology, Translational therapeutics
Dr. Kielian's laboratory for more details of her research. 
Education and Training
B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE (Biological Sciences), 1991
M.S., Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (Immunology), 1994
Ph.D., Univ. Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS (Microbiology), 1998
Post-doctoral training, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH (Neuroimmunology), 1998-2001

Teaching Activities
Graduate students- Graduate student mentor
Advanced Immunology (PATH 955)
Bacterial Pathogenesis (PAMM 950)
Receptors and Cell Signaling (PHAR 901)

National Activities

Co-Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Staphylococcal Diseases, Lucca (Barga), Italy, 2017
Chair, FASEB Scientific Research Conference on Neuroimmunology, Big Sky, MT, 2016
Scientific Program Committee, 17th International Symposium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections (ISSSI), Seoul, Korea, 2016
Chair, NIH/NINDS NST-2 review panel for MD/PhD and K99/R00 applications, 2014-2016 and Full Member 2011-2014
Deputy Chief Editor and Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Neurochemistry 
Editorial Board, Journal of Neuroinflammation 
Jordi Folch Pi Memorial Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN) for outstanding contributions to Neuroscience Research 
Scientific Advisory Board, UC Riverside Center for Glial Neuronal Interactions (CGNI)

Local Awards

11th Science Laureate, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2016
Graduate Student Association Distinguished Mentor Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2015
UNeMed Innovator of the Year Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2015
UNeMed Emerging Inventor award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2012
UNMC Distinguished Scientist award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2010 

Notable Publications

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Heim, C.E., Vidlak, D., Odvody, J., Hartman, C.W., Garvin, K.L., and Kielian, T. Human prosthetic joint infections are associated with myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs): implications for infection persistence, J. Orthopaedic Res., Nov 15. doi: 10.1002/jor.23806, 2017.

Gries, C.M., Bruger, E.L., Scherr, T.D., Moormeier, D.E., Waters, C.M., and Kielian, T. Cyclic di-AMP released from Staphylococcus aureus biofilm induces a macrophage type I interferon response. Infect Immun., 84:3564-3574, 2016.  Selected by Editors for journal "Spotlight" highlight.  (http://iai.asm.org/content/84/12/3267).  

Scherr, T.D., Hanke, M.L., Huang, O., James, D.B.A., Horswill, A.R., Bayles, K.W., Fey, P.D., Torres, V.J., and Kielian, T. Staphylococcus aureus biofilms induce macrophage dysfunction through leukocidin AB and α-toxin, mBio, vol. 6 no. 4 e01021-15, 2015.

Heim, C.E., Vidlak, D., and Kielian, T. Interleukin-10 produced by myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) contributes to bacterial persistence during S. aureus orthopedic biofilm infection, J. Leuk. Biol., 98:1003-1013, 2015.  Article selected for Press Release: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151201115041.htm

Heim, C.E.*, Vidlak, D.*, Scherr, T.D., Hartman, C.W., Garvin, K. L., and Kielian, T. Interleukin-12 promotes myeloid-derived suppressor cell (MDSC) recruitment and bacterial persistence during S. aureus orthopedic implant infection. J. Immunol., 194:3861-3872, 2015. *Equal contributions. 

Heim, C.E., Vidlak, D., Scherr, T.D., Kozel, J.A., Holzapfel, M., Muirhead, D.E., and Kielian, T. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) contribute to S. aureus orthopedic infection. J. Immunol., 192:3778-3792, 2014.  Image Selected for Journal Cover

Cheatle, J.*, Aldrich, A.*, Thorell, W.E., Boska, M.D., and Kielian, T. Compartmentalization of immune responses during Staphylococcus aureus cranial bone flap infection. Am J. Pathology, 183:450-458, 2013. *Equal contributions.  Image Selected for Journal Cover

Karpuk, N., Burkovetskaya, M., Fritz, T., Angle, A., and Kielian, T. Neuroinflammation leads to region-dependent alterations in astrocyte gap junction communication and hemichannel activity. J. Neurosci., 31:414-425, 2011.

Thurlow, L.R., Hanke, M.L., Fritz, T., Angle, A., Aldrich, A., Williams, S.H., Engebretsen, I.L., Bayles, K.W., Horswill, A.R., and Kielian, T. Staphylococcus aureus biofilms prevent macrophage phagocytosis and attenuate inflammation in vivoJ. Immunol., 186:6585-6596, 2011. Image Selected for Journal Cover 

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