TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Pediatrics
Address1102 BATES
Houston, TX 77030
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    Harvard University, CambridgeAB06/1996Biochemical Sciences
    Washington University, St. LouisMD PhD06/2003Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
    Baylor College of Medicine, Houstonresidency06/2006Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine, Houstonfellowship06/2010Infectious Diseases
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    2015 - 2017Liviya Anderson Research Award, Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation
    2015 - 2017Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award, March of Dimes
    2014 - 2015BCM Junior Faculty Seed Grant, Caroline Wiess Law Fund for Research in Molecular Medicine
    2010 - 2015KO8 Mentored Clinical Scientist Training Award, NIH
    2011 - 2012Pediatric Pilot Award, Texas Children's Hospital
    2008 - 2009Collaborative Research Grant, L.E. and Virginia Simmons Family Foundation
    2017 - 2018New Member Outstanding Science Award, Society for Pediatric Research
    2017 - 2018Woman of Excellence Award, Baylor College of Medicine
    2019Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), President of the United States
    2020Distiguished Alumni Award, St. John's School
    2021 - 2028Emerging Investigator Award, NIH NHLBI

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    The long-term goal of Dr. King’s research is to alleviate deaths from infectious diseases. Given that severe infections are frequently related to weaknesses in the immune system, Dr. King’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms by which inflammation affects blood and immune cell production by hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow. Dr. King has been the recipient of a NIH K08 mentored physician scientist training award, the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Award, the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation Liviya Anderson Award, and the Caroline Wiess Law Foundation in Molecular Medicine Award. Her research has been published in highly regarded journals such as Nature, Cell Reports, and Blood.

    Current projects in the lab include:

    Inflammatory Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells to Enhance Innate Immunity
    We are studying the therapeutic use of hematopoietic stem and progenitors to improve immune responses against bacterial infections including Group A Streptococcal superinfections complicating influenza. Funding to support this project: NIH R01, 2017-2021

    The Contribution of Infection to Preleukemic Clonal Hematopoiesis
    We are studying how the differential responses of hematopoietic stem cells to inflammation contribute to emergence of leukemia. These studies provide a mechanistic understanding of how infections affect cancer risk. Funding to support this project: NIH R01, 2017-2022

    Microbiota-dependent Regulation of Primitive Hematopoiesis
    An adverse side effect of antibiotics is that they may suppress blood and immune cell production by the bone marrow. In a study published last year, we demonstrated that these adverse effects of antibiotics are due to disruption of the intestinal microbiome. Our current work will define the molecular pathways through which the microbiome signals to support normal blood production. Funding to supporting this project: NIH R01 (co-investigator), 2018-2023

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    R35HL155672     (KING, KATHERINE YUDEH)Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2028
    Impact of Infection and Inflammation on Primitive Hematopoiesis
    Role: Principal Investigator

         (Margaret Goodell)Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2022
    Helis Medical Research Foundation
    Environmental Drivers of Clonal Hematopoiesis
    Role: Co-PI

    R01AI141716     (BALDRIDGE, MEGAN T)Nov 7, 2018 - Oct 31, 2023
    Microbiota-dependent regulation of primitive hematopoieses
    Role Description: The goal of this study is to quantify the impact of a variety of environmental stressors on clonal dynamics of a panel of genetically distinct hematopoietic stem cell clones.
    Role: Co-PI

    R01HL134880     (KING, KATHERINE YUDEH)Aug 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2021
    Inflammatory Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells to Enhance Innate Immunity
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R01HL136333     (KING, KATHERINE YUDEH)May 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2023
    The Contribution ofInfection to Preleukemic Clonal Hematopoiesis
    Role: Principal Investigator

    K08HL098898     (KING, KATHERINE YUDEH)May 1, 2010 - Feb 28, 2015
    The Role of Interferon-gamma in the Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Morales-Mantilla DE, King KY. FGD5 marks a subpopulation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells that resist interferon-?-mediated differentiation. Exp Hematol. 2022 Aug-Sep; 112-113:35-43. PMID: 35768035.
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    2. Florez MA, Tran BT, Wathan TK, DeGregori J, Pietras EM, King KY. Clonal hematopoiesis: Mutation-specific adaptation to environmental change. Cell Stem Cell. 2022 06 02; 29(6):882-904. PMID: 35659875.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
    3. Yan H, Walker FC, Ali A, Han H, Tan L, Veillon L, Lorenzi PL, Baldridge MT, King KY. The bacterial microbiota regulates normal hematopoiesis via metabolite-induced type 1 interferon signaling. Blood Adv. 2022 03 22; 6(6):1754-1765. PMID: 35143611.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    4. Morales-Mantilla DE, Kain B, Le D, Flores AR, Paust S, King KY. Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells improve survival from sepsis by boosting immunomodulatory cells. Elife. 2022 02 15; 11. PMID: 35166205.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    5. Hormaechea-Agulla D, Matatall KA, Le DT, Kain B, Long X, Kus P, Jaksik R, Challen GA, Kimmel M, King KY. Chronic infection drives Dnmt3a-loss-of-function clonal hematopoiesis via IFN? signaling. Cell Stem Cell. 2021 08 05; 28(8):1428-1442.e6. PMID: 33743191.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    6. Han H, Yan H, King KY. Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Deplete Bone Marrow Regulatory T Cells. Cells. 2021 01 30; 10(2). PMID: 33573218.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    7. Florez MA, Matatall KA, Jeong Y, Ortinau L, Shafer PW, Lynch AM, Jaksik R, Kimmel M, Park D, King KY. Interferon Gamma Mediates Hematopoietic Stem Cell Activation and Niche Relocalization through BST2. Cell Rep. 2020 12 22; 33(12):108530. PMID: 33357430.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    8. Morales-Mantilla DE, Huang X, Erice P, Porter P, Zhang Y, Figueroa M, Chandra J, King KY, Kheradmand F, Rodríguez A. Cigarette Smoke Exposure in Mice using a Whole-Body Inhalation System. J Vis Exp. 2020 10 22; (164). PMID: 33165327.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    9. Chen J, Matatall KA, Feng X, Hormaechea-Agulla D, Maharjan M, Young N, King KY. Dnmt3a-null hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells expand after busulfan treatment. Exp Hematol. 2020 11; 91:39-45.e2. PMID: 32961298.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    10. Hormaechea-Agulla D, Le DT, King KY. Common Sources of Inflammation and Their Impact on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology. Curr Stem Cell Rep. 2020; 6(3):96-107. PMID: 32837857.
      Citations: 7     
    11. King KY, Huang Y, Nakada D, Goodell MA. Environmental influences on clonal hematopoiesis. Exp Hematol. 2020 03; 83:66-73. PMID: 31893524.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    12. Niles D, Boguniewicz J, Shakeel O, Margolin J, Chelius D, Gupta M, Paul D, King KY, McNeil JC. Candida tropicalis Thyroiditis Presenting With Thyroid Storm in a Pediatric Patient With Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2019 10; 38(10):1051-1053. PMID: 31365478.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    13. Zeng H, He H, Guo L, Li J, Lee M, Han W, Guzman AG, Zang S, Zhou Y, Zhang X, Goodell MA, King KY, Sun D, Huang Y. Antibiotic treatment ameliorates Ten-eleven translocation 2 (TET2) loss-of-function associated hematological malignancies. Cancer Lett. 2019 12 28; 467:1-8. PMID: 31563562.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    14. Foster CE, Taylor M, Schallert EK, Rosenfeld S, King KY. Brodie Abscess in Children: A 10-Year Single Institution Retrospective Review. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2019 02; 38(2):e32-e34. PMID: 29620720.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Kennedy EA, King KY, Baldridge MT. Mouse Microbiota Models: Comparing Germ-Free Mice and Antibiotics Treatment as Tools for Modifying Gut Bacteria. Front Physiol. 2018; 9:1534. PMID: 30429801.
      Citations: 129     
    16. Morales-Mantilla DE, King KY. The Role of Interferon-Gamma in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development, Homeostasis, and Disease. Curr Stem Cell Rep. 2018; 4(3):264-271. PMID: 30148048.
      Citations: 30     
    17. Yan H, Baldridge MT, King KY. Hematopoiesis and the bacterial microbiome. Blood. 2018 08 09; 132(6):559-564. PMID: 29853538.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    18. Kitagawa MG, Ettinger N, Breen D, Erklauer J, Chang E, Herce H, King K, Naik S. Transmission of West Nile Virus Through a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 May 15; 7(2):e52-e54. PMID: 29309636.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Tashi T, Swierczek S, Kim SJ, Salama ME, Song J, Heikal N, King KY, Hickman K, Litton S, Prchal JT. Pegylated interferon Alfa-2a and hydroxyurea in polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia: differential cellular and molecular responses. Leukemia. 2018 08; 32(8):1830-1833. PMID: 29556018.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    20. Matatall KA, Kadmon CS, King KY. Detecting Hematopoietic Stem Cell Proliferation Using BrdU Incorporation. Methods Mol Biol. 2018; 1686:91-103. PMID: 29030815.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    21. King KY. Saving Stem Cells after Stress. Cell Stem Cell. 2017 12 07; 21(6):709-710. PMID: 29220661.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
    22. Kadmon CS, Landers CT, Li HS, Watowich SS, Rodriguez A, King KY. MicroRNA-22 controls interferon alpha production and erythroid maturation in response to infectious stress in mice. Exp Hematol. 2017 12; 56:7-15. PMID: 28911907.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    23. Matatall KA, Jeong M, Chen S, Sun D, Chen F, Mo Q, Kimmel M, King KY. Chronic Infection Depletes Hematopoietic Stem Cells through Stress-Induced Terminal Differentiation. Cell Rep. 2016 12 06; 17(10):2584-2595. PMID: 27926863.
      Citations: 88     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    24. Josefsdottir KS, Baldridge MT, Kadmon CS, King KY. Antibiotics impair murine hematopoiesis by depleting the intestinal microbiota. Blood. 2017 02 09; 129(6):729-739. PMID: 27879260.
      Citations: 114     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    25. Luis TC, Tremblay CS, Manz MG, North TE, King KY, Challen GA. Inflammatory signals in HSPC development and homeostasis: Too much of a good thing? Exp Hematol. 2016 10; 44(10):908-12. PMID: 27423816.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    26. Li HS, Jin J, Liang X, Matatall KA, Ma Y, Zhang H, Ullrich SE, King KY, Sun SC, Watowich SS. Loss of c-Kit and bone marrow failure upon conditional removal of the GATA-2 C-terminal zinc finger domain in adult mice. Eur J Haematol. 2016 Sep; 97(3):261-70. PMID: 26660446.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    27. King KY, Matatall KA, Shen CC, Goodell MA, Swierczek SI, Prchal JT. Comparative long-term effects of interferon a and hydroxyurea on human hematopoietic progenitor cells. Exp Hematol. 2015 Oct; 43(10):912-918.e2. PMID: 26072330.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    28. King KY, Hicks MJ, Mazziotti MV, Eldin KW, Starke JR, Michael M. Persistent cat scratch disease requiring surgical excision in a patient with MPGN. Pediatrics. 2015 Jun; 135(6):e1514-7. PMID: 25963015.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Josefsdottir KS, King KY. Interferons coordinate a multifaceted defense. Cell Host Microbe. 2015 Jan 14; 17(1):6-7. PMID: 25590754.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    30. Matatall KA, Shen CC, Challen GA, King KY. Type II interferon promotes differentiation of myeloid-biased hematopoietic stem cells. Stem Cells. 2014 Nov; 32(11):3023-30. PMID: 25078851.
      Citations: 56     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    31. Rossi L, Lin KK, Boles NC, Yang L, King KY, Jeong M, Mayle A, Goodell MA. Less is more: unveiling the functional core of hematopoietic stem cells through knockout mice. Cell Stem Cell. 2012 Sep 07; 11(3):302-17. PMID: 22958929.
      Citations: 108     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    32. King KY, Goodell MA. Inflammatory modulation of HSCs: viewing the HSC as a foundation for the immune response. Nat Rev Immunol. 2011 Sep 09; 11(10):685-92. PMID: 21904387.
      Citations: 241     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    33. King KY, Baldridge MT, Weksberg DC, Chambers SM, Lukov GL, Wu S, Boles NC, Jung SY, Qin J, Liu D, Songyang Z, Eissa NT, Taylor GA, Goodell MA. Irgm1 protects hematopoietic stem cells by negative regulation of IFN signaling. Blood. 2011 Aug 11; 118(6):1525-33. PMID: 21633090.
      Citations: 48     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    34. King KY, Goodell MA. Direct conversion of skin cells into blood: alchemy or science? Mol Ther. 2011 Feb; 19(2):227-8. PMID: 21289635.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    35. King KY, Lew JD, Ha NP, Lin JS, Ma X, Graviss EA, Goodell MA. Polymorphic allele of human IRGM1 is associated with susceptibility to tuberculosis in African Americans. PLoS One. 2011 Jan 21; 6(1):e16317. PMID: 21283700.
      Citations: 41     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Baldridge MT, King KY, Goodell MA. Inflammatory signals regulate hematopoietic stem cells. Trends Immunol. 2011 Feb; 32(2):57-65. PMID: 21233016.
      Citations: 170     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    37. Baldridge MT, King KY, Boles NC, Weksberg DC, Goodell MA. Quiescent haematopoietic stem cells are activated by IFN-gamma in response to chronic infection. Nature. 2010 Jun 10; 465(7299):793-7. PMID: 20535209.
      Citations: 398     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    38. King KY, Edwards MS, Word BM. Hepatitis associated with micafungin use in a preterm infant. J Perinatol. 2009 Apr; 29(4):320-2. PMID: 19325554.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. King K, Browning JC, Metry DW, Prestigiacomo J, Scollard D, Schutze GE, Stryjewska B, Schwarzwald H. Leprosy and international adoption: a case report and review of diagnostic and treatment dilemmas. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Apr; 28(4):322-5. PMID: 19238115.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. King KY, Horenstein JA, Caparon MG. Aerotolerance and peroxide resistance in peroxidase and PerR mutants of Streptococcus pyogenes. J Bacteriol. 2000 Oct; 182(19):5290-9. PMID: 10986229.
      Citations: 57     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    41. Worley KC, King KY, Chua S, McCabe ER, Smith RF. Identification of new members of a carbohydrate kinase-encoding gene family. J Comput Biol. 1995; 2(3):451-8. PMID: 8521274.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    42. Smith RF, King KY. Identification of a eukaryotic-like protein kinase gene in Archaebacteria. Protein Sci. 1995 Jan; 4(1):126-9. PMID: 7773169.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Cells
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