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Anna Bakardjiev, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentPediatrics
Address513 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-476-4737
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    Medizzinsche Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, GermanyM.D.12/1995Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAResidency 06/2000Pediatrics
    Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland, Oakland, CAFellowship06/2003Infectious Diseases

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    Anna Bakardjiev MD is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Health, and a member of the Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Defense program at UCSF. She is an active member of the graduate program in biomedical sciences, the director of the molecular medicine program in pediatrics, and co-director of the molecular medicine pathway for the school of medicine. Her laboratory studies host-pathogen interactions at the maternal-fetal interface with a particular focus on the pathogenesis of listeriosis. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterial pathogen that causes febrile gastroenteritis in healthy non-pregnant adults and children. In pregnant women and immunocompromised adults L. monocytogenes can cause disseminated disease with high mortality. Infection during pregnancy leads to preterm labor, stillbirth and severe neonatal disease. The research in the Bakardjiev lab combines techniques of microbial genetics with primary human cells and tissues and relevant animal models to investigate the key processes of microbial dissemination, intracellular survival and growth, and host defenses at the maternal-fetal interface.


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    Role of Host Cells in Invasive Listeriosis
    NIH/NIAID R01AI084928Jul 1, 2010 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Vertical transmission of Listeria monocytogenes
    NIH/NIAID K08AI064951Apr 1, 2005 - Sep 30, 2008
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Rizzuto G, Tagliani E, Manandhar P, Erlebacher A, Bakardjiev AI. Limited Colonization Undermined by Inadequate Early Immune Responses Define the Dynamics of Decidual Listeriosis. Infect Immun. 2017 May 15. PMID: 28507070.
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    2. Faralla C, Rizzuto GA, Lowe DE, Kim B, Cooke C, Shiow LR, Bakardjiev A. InlP - a New Virulence Factor with Strong Placental Tropism. Infect Immun. 2016 Oct 10. PMID: 27736782.
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    3. Rizzuto GA, Kapidzic M, Gormley M, Bakardjiev A. Human Placental and Decidual Organ Cultures to Study Infections at the Maternal-fetal Interface. J Vis Exp. 2016; (113). PMID: 27500727.
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    4. Vigliani MB, Bakardjiev AI. Intracellular Organisms as Placental Invaders. Fetal Matern Med Rev. 2014 Nov; 25(3-4):332-338. PMID: 27695204.
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    5. Bakardjiev A. Immunology: Stillbirth prevented by signal blockade. Nature. 2015 Apr 30; 520(7549):627-8. PMID: 25925473.
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    6. Vigliani MB, Bakardjiev AI. First trimester typhoid Fever with vertical transmission of salmonella typhi, an intracellular organism. Case Rep Med. 2013; 2013:973297. PMID: 24459469; PMCID: PMC3891435.
    7. Zeldovich VB, Clausen CH, Bradford E, Fletcher DA, Maltepe E, Robbins JR, Bakardjiev AI. Placental syncytium forms a biophysical barrier against pathogen invasion. PLoS Pathog. 2013; 9(12):e1003821. PMID: 24348256; PMCID: PMC3861541.
    8. Zeldovich VB, Bakardjiev AI. Host defense and tolerance: unique challenges in the placenta. PLoS Pathog. 2012; 8(8):e1002804. PMID: 22912572; PMCID: PMC3415450.
    9. Wasilewski M, Semenzato M, Rafelski SM, Robbins J, Bakardjiev AI, Scorrano L. Optic atrophy 1-dependent mitochondrial remodeling controls steroidogenesis in trophoblasts. Curr Biol. 2012 Jul 10; 22(13):1228-34. PMID: 22658590; PMCID: PMC3396839.
    10. Robbins JR, Bakardjiev AI. Pathogens and the placental fortress. Curr Opin Microbiol. 2012 Feb; 15(1):36-43. PMID: 22169833; PMCID: PMC3265690.
    11. Melton-Witt JA, Rafelski SM, Portnoy DA, Bakardjiev AI. Oral infection with signature-tagged Listeria monocytogenes reveals organ-specific growth and dissemination routes in guinea pigs. Infect Immun. 2012 Feb; 80(2):720-32. PMID: 22083714; PMCID: PMC3264322.
    12. Robbins JR, Zeldovich VB, Poukchanski A, Boothroyd JC, Bakardjiev AI. Tissue barriers of the human placenta to infection with Toxoplasma gondii. Infect Immun. 2012 Jan; 80(1):418-28. PMID: 22083708; PMCID: PMC3255695.
    13. Zeldovich VB, Robbins JR, Kapidzic M, Lauer P, Bakardjiev AI. Invasive extravillous trophoblasts restrict intracellular growth and spread of Listeria monocytogenes. PLoS Pathog. 2011 Mar; 7(3):e1002005. PMID: 21408203; PMCID: PMC3048367.
    14. Maltepe E, Bakardjiev AI, Fisher SJ. The placenta: transcriptional, epigenetic, and physiological integration during development. J Clin Invest. 2010 Apr; 120(4):1016-25. PMID: 20364099; PMCID: PMC2846055.
    15. Robbins JR, Skrzypczynska KM, Zeldovich VB, Kapidzic M, Bakardjiev AI. Placental syncytiotrophoblast constitutes a major barrier to vertical transmission of Listeria monocytogenes. PLoS Pathog. 2010 Jan; 6(1):e1000732. PMID: 20107601; PMCID: PMC2809766.
    16. Bakardjiev AI, Theriot JA, Portnoy DA. Listeria monocytogenes traffics from maternal organs to the placenta and back. PLoS Pathog. 2006 Jun; 2(6):e66. PMID: 16846254; PMCID: PMC1483233.
    17. Bakardjiev AI, Stacy BA, Portnoy DA. Growth of Listeria monocytogenes in the guinea pig placenta and role of cell-to-cell spread in fetal infection. J Infect Dis. 2005 Jun 1; 191(11):1889-97. PMID: 15871123.
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    18. Bakardjiev AI, Stacy BA, Fisher SJ, Portnoy DA. Listeriosis in the pregnant guinea pig: a model of vertical transmission. Infect Immun. 2004 Jan; 72(1):489-97. PMID: 14688130; PMCID: PMC343973.
    19. Wallin JJ, Liang L, Bakardjiev A, Sha WC. Enhancement of CD8+ T cell responses by ICOS/B7h costimulation. J Immunol. 2001 Jul 1; 167(1):132-9. PMID: 11418641.
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