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					KANEATRA SIMMONS
Microbiologist
513-569-7279
simmons.kaneatra@epa.gov

Education

Ph.D.          Biomedical Sciences, Meharry Medical College, 2006
B.S.           Biology, Paine College, 1999

Employment

2009–Present Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbial Exposure Research Branch, Microbiological and
             Chemical Exposure Assessment Research Division, NERL, ORD, US EPA,
             Cincinnati, OH
2007–2009     Postdoctoral Fellow, Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch
             (MVPDB), Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD), National Center from
             Immunizations and Respirable Diseases (NCIRD), Centers for Disease Control,
             Atlanta, GA
2006–2007    Associate Professor, Division of Professional Education, Meharry Medical
             College, Nashville, TN
1999–2006 Graduate Student, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Research Interest and Skills

Utilizing technical and laboratory expertise in microbiology, immunology, and molecular
biology to investigate microbial exposure in humans (both nationally and globally) caused by
environmentally relevant pathogens; development and application of novel multiplexed
biomarker based immunoassays using human saliva and serum samples to assess pathogen
exposure in both recreational and drinking water.

Selected Appointments/Honors/Major Awards

Volunteer, H1N1 Influenza Outbreak CDC IMS Laboratory Desk, Emergency Operations Center
       (EOC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009
Volunteer, Salmonella typhimurium Outbreak Call Center, Director's Emergency Operations
       Center (DEOC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009
Executive Vice President, Graduate Student Association, School of Graduate Studies and
       Research, Meharry Medical College, June 2005–May 2006
Acres of Diamonds Award, Minority Trainee Research Forum, National Institutes of Health
       (NIH), 2005
Minority Scientist Travel Award, American Association of Immunology, 2004, 2005
Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Research Service Award for Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellows
       (5F31AI056667), 2003–2005
Charles W. Johnson M.D. Grand Prize, Meharry Medical College Student Research Day, 2003,
       2004



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Dean’s List of Academic Achievement, Meharry Medical College, 2000–2006

Selected Publications/Presentations/EPA Reports (* denotes equal contributors)

Simmons, K, J Whitmon, Y Williamson, J Rees, H Moura, D Schieltz, A Woolfitt, J Barr, N
      Melnick, E Ades, M Tondella, G Carlone and J Sampson (2009) Comparative proteomic
      analysis of an enriched membrane fraction of strains of Bordetella pertussis using
      electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry. FASEB J. 23: LB244.
Madison, MN, YY Kleshchenko, PN Nde, KJ Simmons, MF Lima and F Villalta (2007) Human
      defensin α-1 causes Trypanosoma cruzi membrane pore formation and induces DNA
      fragmentation, which leads to trypanosome destruction. Infect. Immun. 75(10):4780-
      4791.
Nde, PN*, KJ Simmons*, YY Kleshchenko, S Pratap, MF Lima and F Villalta (2006) Silencing
      of the laminin γ-1 gene blocks Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Infect. Immun. 74(3):1643-
      1648.
Simmons, KJ*, PN Nde*, YY Kleshchenko, MF Lima and F Villalta (2006) Stable RNA
      interference of host thrombospondin-1 blocks Trypanosoma cruzi infection. FEBS Letters
      580(9):2365-2370.




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