Kelly Pittman, PhD

Ko – Lab Members

Headshot of Kelly Pittman, PhDPostdoctoral Associate
0049 CARL Building
Box 3053, DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-613-0517
Fax: 919-613-8646


Research Interest:
I received my PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I studied how the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii establishes a chronic infection in warm-blooded hosts. In the Ko lab I am studying how human variation of cytokine production influences outcome of Chlamydia infection.

Personal Interests:
I enjoy biking, playing with my dog, watching any HBO series, and brewing/consuming beer.

Publications List:

Pittman KJ and Knoll LJ. 2015. Long-term relationships: The complicated interplay between the host and the developmental stages of Toxoplasma gondii during acute and chronic infection. Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev. 2015 Dec; 79(4):387-401.

Pittman KJ, Aliota MT, Knoll LJ. 2014 Dual transcriptional profiling of mice and Toxoplasma gondii during acute and chronic infection.  BMC Genomics. 2014 Sep 20; 15(1):806.

Tobin Magle C, Pittman KJ, Moser LA, Boldon KM, Knoll LJ. 2014. A Toxoplasma patatin-Like protein changes localization and alters the cytokine response during Toxoplasmic Encephalitis.  Infect. Immun. 82(2): 618-625.

Niu C, Robbins CM, Pittman KJ, Osborn jL, Stubblefield BA, Simmons RB, Gilbert ES. 2013. LuxS influences Escherichia coli biofilm formation through autoinducer-2-dependent and autoinducer-2-independent modalities. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 83(3):778-791

Pittman KJ, Skop AR. 2012. Anterior PAR proteins function during cytokinesis and maintain DYN-1 at the cleavage furrow in Caenorhabditis elegans. Cytoskeleton. 69(10):826-839.

Pittman KJ, Robbins CM, Osborn JL, Stubblefield BA, Gilbert ES. 2010. Agarose stabilization of fragile biofilms for quantitative structure analysis. J Microbiol Methods. 81(2):101-7.