St. Geme Laboratory Team



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The St. Geme Lab is a dynamic environment that leverages emerging technologies in the fields of microbiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, immunology, glycobiology, animal models, and bioinformatics to interrogate mechanisms of bacterial colonization, immune evasion, and disease progression.

Joseph W. St. Geme

Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. St. Geme's research focuses on bacterial pathogenesis, with an emphasis on defining the molecular and cellular determinants of Haemophilus influenzae and Kingella kingae disease.


Miguel Rodriguez Anavitate, BS

Nina Montoya, PhD
2022 Defense, Thesis: "Elucidating the role of the Kingella kingae lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in galactan surface anchoring and membrane dynamics"

Alexandra (Perry) Sacharok, PhD
2021 Defense, Thesis: "Kingella kingae PilC1 and PilC2 are adhesins with distinct roles in type IV pilus-mediated processes"

Nadia Kadry, PhD
2021 Defense, Thesis: "Molecular Determinants of Immunogenicity of the Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae HMW1 and HMW2 Adhesins"

Vanessa Muñoz, PhD
2019 Defense, Thesis: "Surface Polysaccharides Promote Immune Evasion by the Pediatric Pathogen Kingella kingae"

Bradley Kern, PhD
2018 Defense, Thesis: "Characterizing Knh: A Multifunctional Kingella kingae Adhesin"

Katherine Rempe, PhD
2016 Defense, Thesis: "Insights into Nonpilus Adhesin Functionality and the Molecular Determinants of Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae colonization"

Kimberly F. Starr, PhD
2016 Defense, Thesis: "The Genetic and Molecular Basis for Encapsulation and Capsule Diversity in Kingella kingae"