Instructor of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Juan J Calix MD, PhD obtained his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Loyola University New Orleans. He then enrolled at the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he obtained his PhD in Microbiology studying the evolution of Streptococcus pneumoniae capsule serotypes. After completing the MSTP, he joined the Physician Scientist Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St Louis, where he did both his Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship. He now remains at WUSTL as an Instructor of Medicine, working in the lab of Gautam Dantas, PhD, where he recently obtained NIAID K08 funding to develop his research program. His investigations combine clinical research, bacterial genomics and molecular microbiology to identify host and microbial determinants of infections, with special focus on the multidrug resistant pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii. This has led to the characterization of novel transmission dynamics demonstrated by A. baumannii and other clinically important pathogens. His ultimate research goal is to develop clinically relevant research models with which to develop antibiotic-sparing strategies for the prevention and treatment of infections. Lastly, Dr. Calix strives to foster academic collaborations locally and internationally (especially in Latin America), in his mission to apply these research pipelines to better understand the pathobiology and epidemiology of understudied bacterial infections.
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose