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K-State Today

October 11, 2019

Division of Biology seminar speaker to present about staph infections on prosthetic joints

Submitted by Division of Biology

Tammy Kielian, professor of pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will present "Metabolic Crosstalk between Staphylococcus Aureus Biofilm and Innate Immunity Dictates Infection Persistence" as part of the Division of Biology Seminar Series at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in 221 Ackert Hall.

Staphyococcus aureus is a leading cause of bacterial infections on medical devices such as prosthetic joints. The bacteria form a film on the joint, which is resistant to antibiotics and frequently results in removing the contaminated device. Kielian will discuss how the bacteria, Staphyococcus aureus, modifies the immune response to allow bacterial persistence. This understanding will allow the development of new therapies for treatment.

Kielian received her training in immunology with a master's degree from K-State in microbiology, a doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center and post-doc training in neuroimmunology at Dartmouth Medical School. Her research examines interactions of bacteria with the immune response.

If you would like to visit with Kielian, please contact Sherry Fleming at sdflemin@k-state.edu.