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Kara Dods

Kara DodsEducation:

Rutgers University, B.Sc. with honors in Biochemistry, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition
Hometown: Linwood, NJ
PhD Advisor: Matthew Hartman, PhD
Graduate Program: Chemical Biology

 

Research Interests:

Kara's research experience is varied, beginning in psychophysiology and human performance at Rutgers University and moving into molecular mechanisms of fibrosis at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is currently interested in breaking codon boxes and novel peptide therapeutics with unnatural amino acid incorporation.

Personal Bio:

Kara was born and raised by the beach in New Jersey, but harbors a special love of the mountains. She is an avid hiker, traveling to many national parks all across the country, and has been to 5 different continents. In her downtime not spent outdoors, she enjoys cooking with an international flair, reading, learning Mandarin, and both swing and salsa dancing. Kara also enjoys watching and playing football (soccer), and is a loyal fan of Liverpool.

Professional, Leadership, and Service Activities:

Member of American Chemical Society High School Strategic Planning
Committee - Church Hill Activities and Tutoring

Publications:

Muir AB, Benitez AJ, Dods K, Spergel JM, Fillon SA. “Microbiome and its Impact on Gastrointestinal Atopy.” Allergy. 2016 Sept.

Chandramouleeswaran PM, Shen D, Lee AJ, Benitez AJ, Dods K, Gambanga F, Wilkins BJ, Merves J, Noah Y, Toltzis S, Yearley JH, Spergel JM, Nakagawa H, deWaal Malefyt R, Muir AB, Wang ML. “Preferential secretion of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) by terminally differentiated esophageal epithelial cells: Relevance to eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).”PLOS ONE. 2016 Mar 18.

Whelan KA, Merves JF, Giroux V, Tanaka K, Gua A, Chandramouleeswaran PM, Benitez AJ, Dods K, Que J, Masterson JC, Fernando SD, Godwin BC, Klein-Szanto AJ, Chikwava K, Rucheli ED, Hamilton KE, Muir AB, Wang ML, Furuta GT, Falk GW, Spergel JM, Nakagawa H. “Autophagy mediates epithelial cytoprotection in eosinophilic oesophagitis.” Gut. ePub 2016 Feb 16.

Muir AB, Dods K, Henry SJ, Benitez AJ, Lee D, Whelan KA, DeMarshall M, Hammer DA, Falk GW, Wells RG, Spergel JM, Hakagawa H, Wang ML. “Eosinophilic esophagitis associated chemical and mechanical microenvironment shapes esophageal fibroblast behavior.” Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. ePub 2015 Dec 30.

Benitez AJ, Hoffmann C, Muir AB, Dods K, Spergel JM, Bushman FD, Wang ML. “Inflammation-associated microbiota in pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis.” Microbiome. 2015 Jun 1.

Merves J, Chandramouleeswaran PM, Benitez AJ, Muir AB, Lee A, Lim D, Dods K, Mehta I, Ruchelli E, Nakagawa H, Spergel J, Wang ML. “Altered histamine receptor expression in the esophageal epithelium in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE): implications on disease pathogenesis.” PLOS ONE. 2015 Feb 27.

Muir AB, Dods K, Noah Y, Toltzis S, Chandramouleeswaran PM, Lee A, Benitez AJ, Bedenbaugh A, Falk GW, Wells RG, Nakagawa H, Wang ML. “Esophageal epithelial cells acquire functional characteristics of activated myofibroblasts after undergoing an epithelial to mesenchymal transition.” Experimental Cell Research. 2015 Jan 1.

Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations:

Dods K, Henry SJ, Benitez AJ, Merves J, Whelan KA, DeMarshall M, Falk GW, Wells RG, Hammer DA, Nakagawa H, Wang ML, Muir AB. “Matrix stiffness influences TGFB1 signaling and fibroblast activities associated with Eosinophilic Esophagitis.” CHOP Postdoc Seminar Series. 2015 May.

Benitez AJ, Hoffmann C, Muir AB, Dods K, Spergel JM, Bushman FD, Wang ML. “Inflammation-associated microbiota in pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis.” Digestive Disease Week and the 116th annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association. 2015 May. Accepted for oral presentation.

Muir AB, Dods K, Henry S, Benitez AJ, DeMarshall M, Falk G, Wells RG, Hammer D, Nakagawa H, Wang ML: “Matrix-stiffness enhances esophageal fibroblast activation, proliferation and contractility in pediatric and adult fibroblasts.” Digestive Disease Week and the 116th annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association. 2015 May. Awarded poster of distinction.

Muir AB, Dods K, Merves J, Whelan KA, Benitez AJ, DeMarshall M, Spergel JM, Falk G, Wells RG, Wang ML, Nakagawa H: “Epithelial lysyl oxidase is an early mediator of fibrotic remodeling in eosinophilic esophagitis.” Digestive Disease Week and the 116th annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association. 2015 May. Accepted for oral presentation.

Whelan KA, Merves J, Muir AB, Guo A, Modayur Chandramouleeswaran P, Dods K, DeMarshall M, Que J, Spergel JM, Wang ML, Falk GW, Nakagawa H: “Autophagy is an epithelial cytoprotective mechanism in esophageal epithelial cells in response to Eosinophilic Esophagitis-associated inflammation.” Digestive Disease Week and the 116th annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association. 2015 May. Accepted for oral presentation.

Dods K, Henry SJ, Benitez AJ, Merves J, Whelan KA, DeMarshall M, Falk GW, Wells RG, Hammer DA, Nakagawa H, Wang ML, Muir AB. “Chemical and mechanical microenvironment influences esophageal remodeling in Eosinophilic Esophatgitis (EoE).” CHOP Poster Day. 2015 Feb. Award Winning.

Muir AB, Dods K, Benitez AJ, Henry SJ, Noah Y, Toltzis S, DeMarshall M, Falk GW, Wang ML: “Maturational changes in esophageal fibroblasts: Implications upon the natural history and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis.” North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. 2014 Oct. Awarded poster of distinction.

Muir AB, Dods K, Benitez AJ, Noah Y, Toltzis S, DeMarshall M, Falk GW, Wang ML: “Maturational changes in esophageal fibroblasts: Implications upon the natural history and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis.” Digestive Disease Week and the 116th annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association. 2014 May. Accepted for oral presentation.

Dods K, Hunt K, Olsen R, Alderman B: “Neurophysiological correlates of attentional regulation in long-time yoga practicioners.” Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium. 2013 May.