McKenzie Lehman, PhD

Department Affiliations
Assistant Professor

Education and Training
BS (summa cum laude), Biology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2010 
PhD, Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, (UNMC), Omaha, NE, 2015
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pathology and Microbiology, UNMC, Omaha, NE, 2015

Selected Oral Presentation, Gordon Research Conference, Staphylococcal Diseases, 2017
First Place Oral Presentation, Missouri Valley Regional American Society of Microbiology Meeting, 2015
ASM Science Teaching Fellowship, 2014-2015
Dr. Fred Upson Grant-In-Aid Scholarship, 2013-2015
UNMC Emley Fellowship, 2013-2015
UNMC Women's Faculty Club Scholarship, 2013-2014
Arnold Ravin-Muriel Rogers Fellowship, 56th Annual Wind River Conf. on Prokaryote Biology, Las Vegas, NV, 2012
NSF Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2011
Research Student of the Year, Biology Dept., Creigton University, 2010
Nebraska INBRE Scholar, 20008-2010

Professional Memberships and Service
American Society of Microbiology
Journal Reviewer (mSphere and Heliyon)

Notable Publications
Lehman MK, Nuxoll AS, Yamada KJ, Kielian T, Carson SD, Fey PD. 2019. Protease-mediated growth of Staphylococcus aureus on host proteins is opp3 dependent. mBio 10:e02553-18 

Zhou C, Bhinderwala F, Lehman MK, Thomas VC, Chaudhari SS, Yamada KJ, et al. (2019) Urease is an essential component of the acid response network of Staphylococcus aureus and is required for a persistent murine kidney infection. PLoS Pathog 15(1): e1007538.  

Halsey, CR, Lei, S, Wax, J, Lehman, MK, Nuxoll, AS, Steinke, L, Sadykov, M, Powers, R and Fey, PD. 2017. Amino acid catabolism in Staphylococcus aureus and the function of carbon catabolite repression. mBio 8(1): e01434-16  

Lehman, MK, Bose, JL, Sharma-Kuinkel, BK, Moormeier, DE, Endres, JE, Sadykov, MR, Biswas, I, and Bayles, KW. 2015. Identification of the amino acids essential for LytSR-mediated signal transduction in Staphylococcus aureus and their roles in biofilm-specific gene expression. Molecular Microbiology 95(4), 723-737. 

Lehman, MK, Bose, JL, and Bayles, KW. 2014. Allelic Exchange. In Bose, JL (ed.), The Genetic Manipulation of Staphylococci: Methods and Protocols. Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, New York, NY. 

Bose, JL, Lehman, MK, Fey, PD, and Bayles, KW. 2012. Contribution of the Staphylococcus aureus AtlA AM and GL murein hydrolase activities in cell division, autolysis, and biofilm formation. PLoS ONE 7(7): e42244. 

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