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Job E. Lopez

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Pediatrics
DivisionPediatrics-Tropical Medicine
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    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
    DepartmentDepartment of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
    DivisionMolecular Virology & Microbiology


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    K22AI091652     (LOPEZ, JOB E)Feb 15, 2012 - Jan 31, 2014
    NIH/NIAID
    Identifying Borrelia turicatae genes needed for colonization and transmission fro
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R21AI103724     (LOPEZ, JOB E)May 24, 2013 - Apr 30, 2015
    NIH/NIAID
    Relapsing Fever Spirochete Protein Production within the Vector
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R03AI123652     (LOPEZ, JOB E)Apr 15, 2016 - Mar 31, 2018
    NIH/NIAID
    Understanding the ecology of tick-borne relapsing fever spirochetes in Panama
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R03AI123651     (LOPEZ, JOB E)Aug 19, 2017 - Jul 31, 2019
    NIH/NIAID
    Identifying molecular events occurring during the life cycle of tick-born relapsing fever spirochetes
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R01AI137412     (LOPEZ, JOB E)Mar 1, 2018 - Feb 28, 2023
    NIH/NIAID
    Identification of essential factors contributing to vector colonization and transmission of relapsing fever spirochetes
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R03AI144187     (LOPEZ, JOB E)Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2021
    NIH/NIAID
    Defining the ecology of tick-borne relapsing fever Borrelia turicatae in Austin, Texas.
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Gettings JR, Lopez JE, Krishnavajhala A, Armstrong BA, Thompson AT, Yabsley MJ. Erratum for Gettings et al., "Antibodies to Borrelia turicatae in Experimentally Infected Dogs Cross-React with Borrelia burgdorferi Serologic Assays". J Clin Microbiol. 2020 Feb 24; 58(3). PMID: 32094125.
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    2. Filatov S, Krishnavajhala A, Armstrong BA, Kneubehl AR, Nieto NC, Pérez De León AA, Lopez JE. Isolation and Molecular Characterization of Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever Borrelia Infecting Ornithodoros (Pavlovskyella) verrucosus Ticks Collected in Ukraine. J Infect Dis. 2020 Feb 18; 221(5):804-811. PMID: 31573602.
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    3. Kim HJ, Krishnavajhala A, Armstrong BA, Pérez de León AA, Filatov S, Teel PD, Lopez JE. Humoral immune response of pigs, Sus scrofa domesticus, upon repeated exposure to blood-feeding by Ornithodoros turicata Duges (Ixodida: Argasidae). Parasit Vectors. 2020 Feb 12; 13(1):66. PMID: 32051021.
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    4. Lopez JE, Krishnavajhala A, Garcia MN, Bermudez S. Erratum: Lopez, J.E., et al. Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever Spirochetes in the Americas. Vet. Sci. 2016, 3, 16. Vet Sci. 2019 Dec 04; 6(4). PMID: 31817297.
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    5. Bermúdez SE, Gottdenker N, Krishnavajhala A, Fox A, Wilder HK, González K, Smith D, López M, Perea M, Rigg C, Montilla S, Calzada JE, Saldaña A, Caballero CM, Lopez JE. Correction: Synanthropic Mammals as Potential Hosts of Tick-Borne Pathogens in Panama. PLoS One. 2019; 14(12):e0226195. PMID: 31790503.
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    6. Gettings JR, Lopez JE, Krishnavahjala A, Armstrong BA, Thompson AT, Yabsley MJ. Antibodies to Borrelia turicatae in Experimentally Infected Dogs Cross-React with Borrelia burgdorferi Serologic Assays. J Clin Microbiol. 2019 Sep; 57(9). PMID: 31270181.
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    7. Jackson-Litteken CD, Zalud AK, Ratliff CT, Latham JI, Bourret TJ, Lopez JE, Blevins JS. Assessing the Contribution of an HtrA Family Serine Protease During Borrelia turicatae Mammalian Infection. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2019; 9:290. PMID: 31456953.
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    8. Vázquez-Guerrero E, Adan-Bante NP, Mercado-Uribe MC, Hernández-Rodríguez C, Villa-Tanaca L, Lopez JE, Ibarra JA. Case report: A retrospective serological analysis indicating human exposure to tick-borne relapsing fever spirochetes in Sonora, Mexico. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 04; 13(4):e0007215. PMID: 30973877.
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    9. Williamson BN, Fischer RJ, Lopez JE, Ebihara H, Schwan TG. Prevalence and Strains of Colorado Tick Fever Virus in Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2019 Sep; 19(9):694-702. PMID: 30939106.
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    10. Embers ME, Krishnavajhala A, Armstrong BA, Curtis MW, Pahar B, Wilder HK, Allen MS, Beare PA, Hasenkampf NR, Lopez JE. Immunological Responses to the Relapsing Fever Spirochete Borrelia turicatae in Infected Rhesus Macaques: Implications for Pathogenesis and Diagnosis. Infect Immun. 2019 04; 87(4). PMID: 30642902.
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    11. Bourret TJ, Boyle WK, Zalud AK, Valenzuela JG, Oliveira F, Lopez JE. The relapsing fever spirochete Borrelia turicatae persists in the highly oxidative environment of its soft-bodied tick vector. Cell Microbiol. 2019 02; 21(2):e12987. PMID: 30489694.
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    12. Bissett JD, Ledet S, Krishnavajhala A, Armstrong BA, Klioueva A, Sexton C, Replogle A, Schriefer ME, Lopez JE. Detection of Tickborne Relapsing Fever Spirochete, Austin, Texas, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 11; 24(11):2003-2009. PMID: 30160650.
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    13. Armstrong BA, Kneubehl A, Krishnavajhala A, Wilder HK, Boyle W, Wozniak E, Phillips C, Hollywood K, Murray KO, Donaldson TG, Teel PD, Waldrup K, Lopez JE. Seroprevalence for the tick-borne relapsing fever spirochete Borrelia turicatae among small and medium sized mammals of Texas. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 10; 12(10):e0006877. PMID: 30372445.
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    14. Krishnavajhala A, Armstrong BA, Lopez JE. Vector Competence of Geographical Populations of Ornithodoros turicata for the Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever Spirochete Borrelia turicatae. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2018 11 01; 84(21). PMID: 30143510.
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    15. Mans BJ, Featherston J, Kvas M, Pillay KA, de Klerk DG, Pienaar R, de Castro MH, Schwan TG, Lopez JE, Teel P, Pérez de León AA, Sonenshine DE, Egekwu NI, Bakkes DK, Heyne H, Kanduma EG, Nyangiwe N, Bouattour A, Latif AA. Argasid and ixodid systematics: Implications for soft tick evolution and systematics, with a new argasid species list. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2019 01; 10(1):219-240. PMID: 30309738.
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    16. Luo Z, Kelleher AJ, Darwiche R, Hudspeth EM, Shittu OK, Krishnavajhala A, Schneiter R, Lopez JE, Asojo OA. Crystal Structure of Borrelia turicatae protein, BTA121, a differentially regulated  gene in the tick-mammalian transmission cycle of relapsing fever spirochetes. Sci Rep. 2017 11 10; 7(1):15310. PMID: 29127407.
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    17. Christensen AM, Pietralczyk E, Lopez JE, Brooks C, Schriefer ME, Wozniak E, Stermole B. Diagnosis and Management of Borrelia turicatae Infection in Febrile Soldier, Texas, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 05; 23(5):883-884. PMID: 28418310.
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    18. Krishnavajhala A, Wilder HK, Boyle WK, Damania A, Thornton JA, Pérez de León AA, Teel PD, Lopez JE. Imaging of Borrelia turicatae Producing the Green Fluorescent Protein Reveals Persistent Colonization of the Ornithodoros turicata Midgut and Salivary Glands from Nymphal Acquisition through Transmission. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2017 03 01; 83(5). PMID: 27986725.
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    19. Bermúdez SE, Gottdenker N, Krishnvajhala A, Fox A, Wilder HK, González K, Smith D, López M, Perea M, Rigg C, Montilla S, Calzada JE, Saldaña A, Caballero CM, Lopez JE. Synanthropic Mammals as Potential Hosts of Tick-Borne Pathogens in Panama. PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0169047. PMID: 28060928.
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    20. Garcia MN, O'Day S, Fisher-Hoch S, Gorchakov R, Patino R, Feria Arroyo TP, Laing ST, Lopez JE, Ingber A, Jones KM, Murray KO. One Health Interactions of Chagas Disease Vectors, Canid Hosts, and Human Residents along the Texas-Mexico Border. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Nov; 10(11):e0005074. PMID: 27832063.
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    21. Schwan TG, Lopez JE, Safronetz D, Anderson JM, Fischer RJ, Maïga O, Sogoba N. Fleas and trypanosomes of peridomestic small mammals in sub-Saharan Mali. Parasit Vectors. 2016 10 11; 9(1):541. PMID: 27724960.
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    22. Lopez JE, Krishnavahjala A, Garcia MN, Bermudez S. Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever Spirochetes in the Americas. Vet Sci. 2016; 3(3). PMID: 28959690.
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    23. Donaldson TG, Pèrez de León AA, Li AY, Castro-Arellano I, Wozniak E, Boyle WK, Hargrove R, Wilder HK, Kim HJ, Teel PD, Lopez JE. Correction: Assessment of the Geographic Distribution of Ornithodoros turicata (Argasidae): Climate Variation and Host Diversity. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Mar; 10(3):e0004538. PMID: 26953571.
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    24. Wilder HK, Raffel SJ, Barbour AG, Porcella SF, Sturdevant DE, Vaisvil B, Kapatral V, Schmitt DP, Schwan TG, Lopez JE. Transcriptional Profiling the 150 kb Linear Megaplasmid of Borrelia turicatae Suggests a Role in Vector Colonization and Initiating Mammalian Infection. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0147707. PMID: 26845332.
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    25. Donaldson TG, Pèrez de León AA, Li AY, Li AI, Castro-Arellano I, Wozniak E, Boyle WK, Hargrove R, Wilder HK, Kim HJ, Teel PD, Lopez JE. Assessment of the Geographic Distribution of Ornithodoros turicata (Argasidae): Climate Variation and Host Diversity. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Feb; 10(2):e0004383. PMID: 26829327.
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    26. Krajacich BJ, Lopez JE, Raffel SJ, Schwan TG. Vaccination with the variable tick protein of the relapsing fever spirochete Borrelia hermsii protects mice from infection by tick-bite. Parasit Vectors. 2015 Oct 21; 8:546. PMID: 26490040.
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    27. Murray KO, Fischer RS, Chavarria D, Duttmann C, Garcia MN, Gorchakov R, Hotez PJ, Jiron W, Leibler JH, Lopez JE, Mandayam S, Marin A, Sheleby J. Mesoamerican nephropathy: a neglected tropical disease with an infectious etiology? Microbes Infect. 2015 Oct; 17(10):671-5. PMID: 26320026.
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    28. Wack AN, Holland CJ, Lopez JE, Schwan TG, Bronson E. SUSPECTED LYME BORRELIOSIS IN A CAPTIVE ADULT CHIMPANZEE (PAN TROGLODYTES). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2015 Jun; 46(2):423-6. PMID: 26056910.
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    29. Wilder HK, Wozniak E, Huddleston E, Tata SR, Fitzkee NC, Lopez JE. Case report: A retrospective serological analysis indicating human exposure to tick-borne relapsing fever spirochetes in Texas. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Apr; 9(4):e0003617. PMID: 25856342.
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    30. Lopez JE, Vinet-Oliphant H, Wilder HK, Brooks CP, Grasperge BJ, Morgan TW, Stuckey KJ, Embers ME. Real-time monitoring of disease progression in rhesus macaques infected with Borrelia turicatae by tick bite. J Infect Dis. 2014 Nov 15; 210(10):1639-48. PMID: 24879799.
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    31. Boyle WK, Wilder HK, Lawrence AM, Lopez JE. Transmission dynamics of Borrelia turicatae from the arthropod vector. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2014 Apr; 8(4):e2767. PMID: 24699275.
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    32. Safronetz D, Sogoba N, Lopez JE, Maiga O, Dahlstrom E, Zivcec M, Feldmann F, Haddock E, Fischer RJ, Anderson JM, Munster VJ, Branco L, Garry R, Porcella SF, Schwan TG, Feldmann H. Geographic distribution and genetic characterization of Lassa virus in sub-Saharan Mali. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013; 7(12):e2582. PMID: 24340119.
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    33. Lopez JE, Wilder HK, Hargrove R, Brooks CP, Peterson KE, Beare PA, Sturdevant DE, Nagarajan V, Raffel SJ, Schwan TG. Development of genetic system to inactivate a Borrelia turicatae surface protein selectively produced within the salivary glands of the arthropod vector. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013; 7(10):e2514. PMID: 24205425.
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    34. Lopez JE, Wilder HK, Boyle W, Drumheller LB, Thornton JA, Willeford B, Morgan TW, Varela-Stokes A. Sequence analysis and serological responses against Borrelia turicatae BipA, a putative species-specific antigen. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013; 7(9):e2454. PMID: 24069498.
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    35. Schwan TG, Anderson JM, Lopez JE, Fischer RJ, Raffel SJ, McCoy BN, Safronetz D, Sogoba N, Maïga O, Traoré SF. Endemic foci of the tick-borne relapsing fever spirochete Borrelia crocidurae in Mali, West Africa, and the potential for human infection. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012; 6(11):e1924. PMID: 23209863.
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    36. Marcsisin RA, Campeau SA, Lopez JE, Barbour AG. Alp, an arthropod-associated outer membrane protein of Borrelia species that cause relapsing fever. Infect Immun. 2012 May; 80(5):1881-90. PMID: 22354035.
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    37. Lopez JE, Mccoy BN, Krajacich BJ, Schwan TG. Acquisition and subsequent transmission of Borrelia hermsii by the soft tick Ornithodoros hermsi. J Med Entomol. 2011 Jul; 48(4):891-5. PMID: 21845950.
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    38. McCoy BN, Raffel SJ, Lopez JE, Schwan TG. Bloodmeal size and spirochete acquisition of Ornithodoros hermsi (Acari: Argasidae) during feeding. J Med Entomol. 2010 Nov; 47(6):1164-72. PMID: 21175068.
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    39. Safronetz D, Lopez JE, Sogoba N, Traore' SF, Raffel SJ, Fischer ER, Ebihara H, Branco L, Garry RF, Schwan TG, Feldmann H. Detection of Lassa virus, Mali. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Jul; 16(7):1123-6. PMID: 20587185.
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    40. Lopez JE, Schrumpf ME, Nagarajan V, Raffel SJ, McCoy BN, Schwan TG. A novel surface antigen of relapsing fever spirochetes can discriminate between relapsing fever and Lyme borreliosis. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2010 Apr; 17(4):564-71. PMID: 20147497.
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    41. Lopez JE, Porcella SF, Schrumpf ME, Raffel SJ, Hammer CH, Zhao M, Robinson MA, Schwan TG. Identification of conserved antigens for early serodiagnosis of relapsing fever Borrelia. Microbiology. 2009 Aug; 155(Pt 8):2641-2651. PMID: 19443544.
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    42. Lopez JE, Schrumpf ME, Raffel SJ, Policastro PF, Porcella SF, Schwan TG. Relapsing fever spirochetes retain infectivity after prolonged in vitro cultivation. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2008 Dec; 8(6):813-20. PMID: 18637723.
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