faculty

Kristina Adams Waldorf

adamsk@uw.edu
Professor

University of Washington

Microbiology, Infection & Immunity

Microbial pathogenesis and host response in pregnancy models of bacterial and viral infections, testing novel therapeutics to prevent preterm birth

Faculty Contact Information

Building: South Lake Union, Building F Box: 358070

Research Summary

Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf has studied bacterial and viral infections in pregnancy, maternal-fetal immunity, and therapeutics to prevent preterm birth and fetal injury for nearly 20 years. She is a core scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center and a member of the University of Washington Center or Innate Immunity and Immune Diseases and Center for Reproductive Sciences.

DEI Statement

Diversity is a key component of highly functioning teams and represents a statement of the organization’s leadership regarding the degree to which it respects and values its employees. My approach to DEI begins with an appreciation and respect for the multiple and complex dimensions of diversity (ethnic, racial, gender, disability, sexual orientation). My commitment to DEI is evidenced by my past activities, within the categories of teaching/mentoring, clinical research, service and laboratory culture. Please reach out if you would like more information about these activities.

Training Summary

Three-part training from the UW Office of Healthcare Equity called “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Key Foundational Training. (March 2022)

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Publications

The following publications were retrieved from PubMed:

A streptococcal lipid toxin induces membrane permeabilization and pyroptosis leading to fetal injury.

Whidbey C, Vornhagen J, Gendrin C, Boldenow E, Samson JM, Doering K, Ngo L, Ezekwe EA Jr, Gundlach JH, Elovitz MA, Liggitt D, Duncan JA, Adams Waldorf KM, Rajagopal L.

EMBO Mol Med. 2015 Apr; 4(7)488-505

A hemolytic pigment of Group B Streptococcus allows bacterial penetration of human placenta.

Whidbey C, Harrell MI, Burnside K, Ngo L, Becraft AK, Iyer LM, Aravind L, Hitti J, Adams Waldorf KM, Rajagopal L.

J Exp Med. 2013 Jun 3; 6(210)1265-81



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Lab Information

Location: University of Washington
Building: South Lake Union, Building F
Room: 4th Floor
Box: 358070
https://obgyn.uw.edu/research/adams-waldorf-laboratory