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Todd Kitten, Ph.D.
Philips Institute for Oral Health Research
Wood Memorial Building
521 North 11th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 628-7010
Fax: (804) 828-0150
- Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1992
- B.A. in Biology, University of Dallas, 1986
- Examination of oral bacteria using genetic, genomic, post-genomic and molecular biological approaches. I am particularly interested in examining Streptococcus sanguinis, both in its ability to serve as a beneficial member of the normal oral flora and in its role in causing infective endocarditis, a serious cardiac infection.
Ge X, Kitten T, Chen Z, Lee SP, Munro CL, Xu P. (2008) Identification of Streptococcus sanguinis genes required for biofilm formation and examination of their role in endocarditis virulence. Infect Immun 76:2551-2559.
Tang G, Kitten T, Munro CL, Wellman GC, Mintz KP. (2008) EmaA, a potential virulence determinant of Aggregatibacter (Actinobacillus) actinomycetemcomitans in infective endocarditis. Infect Immun 76:2316-2324.
Xu P, Alves JM, Kitten T, Power A, Chen Z, Manque P, Ge X, Serrano MG, Ozaki LS, Akan D, Hendricks S, Wang Y, Puiu D, Chaplin M, Paik S, Peterson DL, Macrina FL, Buck GA. (2007) Genome of the opportunistic pathogen Streptococcus sanguinis. J. Bacteriol. 189:3166-3175.
Paik S, Senty L, Das S, Noe JC, Munro CL, Kitten T. (2005) Identification of virulence determinants for endocarditis in Streptococcus sanguinis by signature-tagged mutagenesis. Infect Immun 73:6064-6074.
Das S, Noe JC, Paik S, Kitten T. (2005) An improved arbitrary primed PCR method for rapid characterization of transposon insertion sites. J Microbiol Methods 63: 89-94.