TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Pediatrics
Address1102 BATES
Houston, TX 77030
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    Texas A&M University, College Station, TXBS08/2011Biomedical Science
    Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TXMPH12/2012Epidemiology
    The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TXPhD05/2016Epidemiology
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    2018Woman of Excellence, Baylor College of Medicine
    2016Postdoctoral Travel Award , The American Society of Tropical Medicine
    2016William Jessen Memorial Travel Award, The National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association

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    R01AI165560     (NOLAN, MELISSA SUZANNE)Sep 17, 2021 - Aug 31, 2026
    Next generation mosquito control through technology-driven trap development and artificial intelligence guided detection of mosquito breeding habitats
    Role: Principle Investigator

    R21AI154342     (SIMS SANYAHUMBI, AMY)Jun 22, 2021 - May 31, 2023
    Investigating parasitism-induced immune dysregulation and susceptibility to acute rheumatic fever in children
    Role: Principle Investigator

    R03AI151609     (GUNTER, SARAH MURPHY)Feb 24, 2021 - Jan 31, 2023
    Determining the vector ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne spotted fever group Rickettsia in a large urban setting of Houston, TX.
    Role: Principal Investigator

         (Sarah Gunter)Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2022
    Texas Children's Hospital Pediatric Pilot Award
    Epidemiologic and clinical investigation of emergent spotted fever group rickettsioses in Belize
    Role: Principle Investigator

         (Sarah Gunter)Sep 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2023
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    Neglected Tropical Disease Screening at the Texas-Mexico Border (Starr County, TX)
    Role: Principle Investigator

         (Sarah Gunter)Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2021
    Thrasher Foundation
    Epidemiologic and clinical investigation of emergent spotted fever group rickettsioses in Belize
    Role: Principle Investigator

    U01GH002235     (MURRAY, KRISTY)Sep 15, 2018 - Sep 14, 2023
    An Integrated One Health Approach to Detect and Respond to Emerging Disease Threats in High-Risk Regions of Central America
    Role: Co-Investigator

         (Sarah Gunter)Jan 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2022
    Texas Ecolabs
    Elucidating the burden of tick-borne disease along wildlife-urban interfaces in Texas
    Role: Principle Investigator

         (Peter Hotez)Jul 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2021
    Exxon Mobile Foundation
    Geospatial Analysis of High-Risk Areas for Vector-borne Transmission Utilizing Satellite Imaging Technology
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R21AI112647     (MURRAY, KRISTY)Jun 1, 2016 - May 31, 2018
    Seroprevalence and Risk of Chagas Disease in Texas Hunters
    Role: Postdoc

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    1. Nilles EJ, de St Aubin M, Dumas D, Duke W, Etienne MC, Abdalla G, Jarolim P, Oasan T, Garnier S, Iihoshi N, Lopez B, de la Cruz L, Puello YC, Baldwin M, Roberts KW, Pe?a F, Durski K, Sanchez IM, Gunter SM, Kneubehl AR, Murray KO, Lino A, Strobel S, Baez AA, Lau CL, Kucharski A, Guti?rrez EZ, Skewes-Ramm R, Vasquez M, Paulino CT. Monitoring Temporal Changes in SARS-CoV-2 Spike Antibody Levels and Variant-Specific Risk for Infection, Dominican Republic, March 2021-August 2022. Emerg Infect Dis. 2023 04; 29(4):723-733. PMID: 36848869; PMCID: PMC10045678.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    2. Shih DC, Silver R, Henao OL, Alemu A, Audi A, Bigogo G, Colston JM, Edu-Quansah EP, Erickson TA, Gashu A, Gbelee GB, Gunter SM, Kosek MN, Logan GG, Mackey JM, Maliga A, Manzanero R, Morazan G, Morey F, Munoz FM, Murray KO, Nelson TV, Olortegui MP, Yori PP, Ronca SE, Schiaffino F, Tayachew A, Tedasse M, Wossen M, Allen DR, Angra P, Balish A, Farron M, Guerra M, Herman-Roloff A, Hicks VJ, Hunsperger E, Kazazian L, Mikoleit M, Munyua P, Munywoki PK, Namwase AS, Onyango CO, Park M, Peruski LF, Sugerman DE, Gutierrez EZ, Cohen AL. Incorporating COVID-19 into Acute Febrile Illness Surveillance Systems, Belize, Kenya, Ethiopia, Peru, and Liberia, 2020-2021. Emerg Infect Dis. 2022 12; 28(13):S34-S41. PMID: 36502419; PMCID: PMC9745219.
    3. Murray KO, Salda?a MA, Gunter SM, Manzanero R, Zielinski-Gutierrez E, Herrera C, Thompson JM, Maliga A, Bautista K, Lino A, Hawes E, Ronca SE, Morey F, Fuentes RC, Lopez B, Dumonteil E, Morazan GH. Diagnosis of Acute Chagas Disease in a Belizean Child with Evidence of a Multiclonal Trypanosoma cruzi Infection. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2022 Nov 14; 107(5):992-995. PMID: 36395748; PMCID: PMC9709023.
    4. Ronca SE, Gunter SM, Kairis RB, Lino A, Romero J, Pautler RG, Nimmo A, Murray KO. A Potential Role for Substance P in West Nile Virus Neuropathogenesis. Viruses. 2022 09 04; 14(9). PMID: 36146768; PMCID: PMC9503494.
    5. Erickson TA, Ronca SE, Gunter SM, Brown EL, Hasbun R, Murray KO. Zoonotic Disease Testing Practices in Pediatric Patients with Meningitis and Encephalitis in a Subtropical Region. Pathogens. 2022 Apr 22; 11(5). PMID: 35631022; PMCID: PMC9145480.
    6. Ly AN, Manzanero R, Maliga A, Gunter SM, Ronca SE, Zielinski-Gutierrez E, Morey F, Bautista K, Espinosa-Bode A, Cadena L, Fuentes RC, Erickson TA, Munoz FM, Mackey J, Murray KO, Belize Acute Febrile Illness Surveillance Team, L?pez B, Moraz?n G. Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of Acute Dengue Virus Infections Detected through Acute Febrile Illness Surveillance, Belize 2020. Viruses. 2022 04 07; 14(4). PMID: 35458498; PMCID: PMC9029937.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    7. Krishnavajhala A, Armstrong BA, Kneubehl AR, Gunter SM, Piccione J, Kim HJ, Ramirez R, Castro-Arellano I, Roachell W, Teel PD, Lopez JE. Diversity and distribution of the tick-borne relapsing fever spirochete Borrelia turicatae. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2021 11; 15(11):e0009868. PMID: 34813588; PMCID: PMC8651100.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    8. Ellis L, Curtis MW, Gunter SM, Lopez JE. Relapsing Fever Infection Manifesting as Aseptic Meningitis, Texas, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2021 10; 27(10). PMID: 34546167; PMCID: PMC8462328.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    9. Armstrong BA, Krishnavajhala A, Kneubehl AR, Gunter SM, Replogle A, Petersen JM, Lopez JE, Berm?dez SE, Dom?nguez L. Isolation and genetic characterization of a relapsing fever spirochete isolated from Ornithodoros puertoricensis collected in central Panama. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2021 08; 15(8):e0009642. PMID: 34398885; PMCID: PMC8389842.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    10. Erickson TA, Mayes B, Murray KO, Gunter SM. The epidemiology of human ehrlichiosis in Texas, 2008-2017. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2021 11; 12(6):101788. PMID: 34325087.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Nolan MS, Aguilar D, Misra A, Gunter SM, Erickson T, Gorchakov R, Rivera H, Montgomery SP, Murray KO. Trypanosoma cruzi in Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy Patients, Houston, Texas, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2021 07; 27(7):1958-1960. PMID: 34152952; PMCID: PMC8237890.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    12. Oluyomi AO, Gunter SM, Leining LM, Murray KO, Amos C. COVID-19 Community Incidence and Associated Neighborhood-Level Characteristics in Houston, Texas, USA. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 02 04; 18(4). PMID: 33557439; PMCID: PMC7915818.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    13. Brown EL, Essigmann HT, Hoffman KL, Palm NW, Gunter SM, Sederstrom JM, Petrosino JF, Jun G, Aguilar D, Perkison WB, Hanis CL, DuPont HL. Impact of Diabetes on the Gut and Salivary IgA Microbiomes. Infect Immun. 2020 11 16; 88(12). PMID: 32900816; PMCID: PMC7671898.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    14. Gatchalian SR, Agathis NT, Castillo-Carandang NT, Gunter SM, Murray KO, Mandalakas AM. Design and Evaluation of Risk Assessment Tools to Identify Pediatric Tuberculosis Infection in Bohol, the Philippines, a Low-HIV- and High-TB-Burden Setting. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 11; 103(5):1818-1826. PMID: 32975174; PMCID: PMC7646812.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    15. Dye-Braumuller KC, Lynn MK, Gorchakov R, Gunter SM, Berry RM, Murray KO, Nolan MS. Low Trypanosoma cruzi transmission risk to humans in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Parasite Epidemiol Control. 2020 Nov; 11:e00180. PMID: 33005772; PMCID: PMC7511731.
      Citations: 1     
    16. Leining LM, Gatchalian SR, GUNTER SM, Castillo-Carandang NT, Mandalakas AM, Cruz AT, McCormick JB, Murray KO, on behalf of the PEER Health Bohol Paediatric Study Team . Geospatial and hot spot analysis of paediatric tuberculosis infection in Bohol, Philippines. Epidemiology and Infection. 2020; e89(148):1-8.
    17. Gunter SM, Ronca SE, Sandoval M, Coffman K, Leining L, Gorchakov R, Murray KO, Nolan MS. Chagas Disease Infection Prevalence and Vector Exposure in a High-Risk Population of Texas Hunters. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 02; 102(2):294-297. PMID: 31872798; PMCID: PMC7008325.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    18. Gorchakov R, Gulas-Wroblewski BE, Ronca SE, Ruff JC, Nolan MS, Berry R, Alvarado RE, Gunter SM, Murray KO. Optimizing PCR Detection of West Nile Virus from Body Fluid Specimens to Delineate Natural History in an Infected Human Cohort. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Apr 19; 20(8). PMID: 31010160; PMCID: PMC6514913.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    19. Ronca SE, Gorchakov R, Berry R, Alvarado RE, Gunter SM, Murray KO. Phenotypic and Genotypic Characterization of West Nile Virus Isolate 2004Hou3. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Apr 19; 20(8). PMID: 31010172; PMCID: PMC6514990.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    20. Dye-Braumuller KC, Gorchakov R, Gunter SM, Nielsen DH, Roachell WD, Wheless A, Debboun M, Murray KO, Nolan MS. Identification of Triatomines and Their Habitats in a Highly Developed Urban Environment. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2019 04; 19(4):265-273. PMID: 30571182; PMCID: PMC6459272.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    21. Nolan MS, Aguilar D, Brown EL, Gunter SM, Ronca SE, Hanis CL, Murray KO. Continuing evidence of Chagas disease along the Texas-Mexico border. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 11; 12(11):e0006899. PMID: 30427833; PMCID: PMC6261633.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Gunter SM, Versteeg L, Jones KM, Keegan BP, Strych U, Bottazzi ME, Hotez PJ, Brown EL. Covalent vaccination with Trypanosoma cruzi Tc24 induces catalytic antibody production. Parasite Immunol. 2018 Nov; 40(11):e12585. PMID: 30132929.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    23. Erickson T, Gunter SM, Starke J, Murray KO. Evidence of locally acquired spotted fever group rickettsioses in Southeast Texas, 2008-2016. Zoonoses Public Health. 2018 11; 65(7):897-901. PMID: 30152119.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    24. Gunter SM, Cordray C, Gorchakov R, Du I, Dittmar B, Brown EL, Murray KO, Nolan MS. Identification of White-tailed Deer ( Odocoileus virginianus) as a Novel Reservoir Species for Trypanosoma cruzi in Texas, USA. J Wildl Dis. 2018 10; 54(4):814-818. PMID: 29889005; PMCID: PMC6211790.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    25. Gunter SM, Jones KM, Seid CA, Essigmann HT, Zhan B, Strych U, Bottazzi ME, Hotez PJ, Brown EL. Mutations to Cysteine Residues in the Trypanosoma cruzi B-Cell Superantigen Tc24 Diminish Susceptibility to IgM-Mediated Hydrolysis. J Parasitol. 2017 10; 103(5):579-583. PMID: 28581897.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    26. Hanis CL, Garrett KE, Essigmann HT, Robinson DA, Gunter SM, Nyitray AG, Brown EL. Household aggregation of Staphylococcus aureus by clonal complex and methicillin resistance profiles in Starr County, Texas. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017 Oct; 36(10):1787-1793. PMID: 28474178.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    27. Harris N, Woc-Colburn L, Gunter SM, Gorchakov R, Murray KO, Rossmann S, Garcia MN. Autochthonous Chagas disease in the southern United States: A case report of suspected residential and military exposures. Zoonoses Public Health. 2017 09; 64(6):491-493. PMID: 28418113.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    28. Gunter SM, Murray KO, Gorchakov R, Beddard R, Rossmann SN, Montgomery SP, Rivera H, Brown EL, Aguilar D, Widman LE, Garcia MN. Likely Autochthonous Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi to Humans, South Central Texas, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 03; 23(3):500-503. PMID: 28221110; PMCID: PMC5382766.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    29. Garcia MN, Burroughs H, Gorchakov R, Gunter SM, Dumonteil E, Murray KO, Herrera CP. Molecular identification and genotyping of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in autochthonous Chagas disease patients from Texas, USA. Infect Genet Evol. 2017 04; 49:151-156. PMID: 28095298.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    30. Garcia MN, Cropper TL, Gunter SM, Kramm MM, Pawlak MT, Roachell W, Ronca SE, Stidham RA, Webber BJ, Yun HC. Vector-borne diseases of public health importance for personnel on military installations in the United States. US Army Med Dep J. 2017 Jan-Jun; (1-17):90-101. PMID: 28511278.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    31. Gunter SM, Brown EL, Gorchakov R, Murray KO, Garcia MN. Sylvatic Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi Among Domestic and Wildlife Reservoirs in Texas, USA: A Review of the Historical Literature. Zoonoses Public Health. 2017 08; 64(5):313-327. PMID: 27911051.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    32. Gorchakov R, Trosclair LP, Wozniak EJ, Feria PT, Garcia MN, Gunter SM, Murray KO. Trypanosoma cruzi Infection Prevalence and Bloodmeal Analysis in Triatomine Vectors of Chagas Disease From Rural Peridomestic Locations in Texas, 2013-2014. J Med Entomol. 2016 Jul; 53(4):911-918. PMID: 27106934.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    33. Gunter SM, Jones KM, Zhan B, Essigmann HT, Murray KO, Garcia MN, Gorchakov R, Bottazzi ME, Hotez PJ, Brown EL. Identification and Characterization of the Trypanosoma cruzi B-cell Superantigen Tc24. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Jan; 94(1):114-121. PMID: 26598565; PMCID: PMC4710414.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    34. Garcia MN, Murphy SK, Gross A, Wagner J, Murray KO. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Texas hunters: a potentially high-risk population for exposure to the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Parasit Vectors. 2015 Apr 01; 8:197. PMID: 25886035; PMCID: PMC4393639.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    35. Planque SA, Nishiyama Y, Hara M, Sonoda S, Murphy SK, Watanabe K, Mitsuda Y, Brown EL, Massey RJ, Primmer SR, O'Nuallain B, Paul S. Physiological IgM class catalytic antibodies selective for transthyretin amyloid. J Biol Chem. 2014 May 09; 289(19):13243-58. PMID: 24648510; PMCID: PMC4036335.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsCTClinical Trials
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