Kearney Gunsalus, PhD

Kearney Gunsalus, PhD

Kearney Gunsalus, PhD
Kearney Gunsalus, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Russell Hall 167

1425 Prince Avenue

Athens, GA 30602



Training in Education and Critical Research Skills (TEACRS) Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tufts University, 2013-2017
PhD, Cellular & Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
BA, Biochemistry and French, Smith College, 2006

Honors / Awards / Achievements

Science Careers People of the Year,  2015.  Awarded to the postdoc activists of the Future of Research for “especially significant and sustained contributions to improving the lot of early career scientists.”

Selected Publications

Arsenault A, Gunsalus KTW, Laforce-Nesbitt S, Przystac L, DeAngelis E, Hurley M, Vorel E, Tucker R,  Matthan N, Lichtenstein A, Kumamato C, Bliss J.  “Dietary supplementation with medium-chain  triglycerides reduces Candida in gastrointestinal colonization in preterm infants.” The Pediatric Infectious  Disease Journal 2019 38(2):164–168. PMID 29596218.

Heggeness ML, Gunsalus KTW, Pacas J, McDowell GS.  “The new face of U.S. science.”  Nature 2017  541(7635):21–23.  PMID 28054625.

Gunsalus KTW, Tornberg S, Matthan NR, Lichtenstein AH, Kumamoto CA.  “Manipulation of host diet to  reduce gastrointestinal colonization by the opportunistic pathogen Candida albicans.” mSphere 2015  1(1):e00020-15. PMID 27303684.

Gunsalus KTW, Kumamoto CA.  “Transcriptional proUiling of Candida albicans in the host.”  Invited  chapter in R. Calderone & R. Cihlar (Eds.), Candida Species: Methods and Protocols.  Methods Mol Biol 2016  1356:17–29. New York, NY: Humana Press.  PMID 26519062.

McDowell GS, Gunsalus KTW, MacKellar DC Mazzilli SA, Pai VP, Goodwin PR, Walsh EM, Robinson Mosher A, Bowman TA, Kraemer J, Erb ML, Schoenfeld E, Shokri L, Jackson JD, Islam A, Mattozzi MD,  Krukenberg KA, Polka JK.  “Shaping the Future of Research: a perspective from junior scientists.”  F1000Research 2014 3:291.  PMID 25653845.

Tebbji F, Chen Y, Richard Albert J, Gunsalus KTW, Kumamoto CA, Nantel A, Sellam A, Whiteway M.  “A  functional portrait of Med7 and the Mediator complex in Candida albicans.” PLoS Genet 2014  10(11):e1004770. PMID 25375174.

Gunsalus KTW, Wagoner MP, Meyer K, Potter WB, Schoenike B, Kim S, Alexander CM, Friedl A, Roopra A.   2012.  “Induction of the RNA regulator LIN28A is required for the growth and pathogenesis of RESTless  breast tumors.” Cancer Res 2012 72(13):3207–16.  PMID 22532168.

Wagoner MP, Gunsalus KTW, Schoenike B, Richardson AL, Friedl A, Roopra A.  “The transcription factor  REST is lost in aggressive breast cancer.” PLoS Genet 2010 6(6):e1000979. PMID 20548947.

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