Nanyang Assistant Professor Kimberly Kline, Ph.D., M.P.H., from School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore has been awarded a ICAAC Young Investigator Award for her outstanding accomplishments in Enterococcal infection, pathogenesis and treatment.
ICAAC (Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy) Young Investigator Award is awarded to early career scientists for research excellence and potential in microbiology and infectious diseases by ASMSociety (American Society for Microbiology). Kline received her MPH and PhD from Laboratory of Dr. Hank Seifert, Northwestern University in Chicago, where she focused on Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of gonorrhoeae.
As a postdoctoral fellow from Washington University in St. Louis and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, she developed novel mono- and poly-microbial urinary tract infection models to study the contribution of Gram positive bacterial surface structures to disease progression. Kline was an American Heart Association Fellow, Carl Tryggers Fellow, and NIH K99 Career Development Award recipient during her postdoctoral Research.
Kline was awarded the National Research Foundation Fellowship and joined Nanyang Technological University as an assistant professor in 2011. Her laboratory investigates the factors that govern focal secretion and processing of cell-wall associated virulence factors in Enterococcus faecalis, and how these sites can be targeted and disrupted by antimicrobial molecules. Her lab extends these studies to understand how Enterococcal surface structures promote interactions with other bacteria and the host during mixed species infections.
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