Undergraduate education

University of Minnesota - BA, BS (2011)

Years in MSTP



Cellular and Molecular Pathology, 2017


J.D. Sauer, PhD

Thesis title

Inflammasome activation impairs cell-mediated immunity to Listeria monocytogenes


Dermatology, Harvard Combined Program, 2020-

Current position

Intern, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine

Undergraduate/masters publications

Gidvani MP, Theisen E, Leduc R, George CL. Maternal surfactant protein A influences the immunoprotective properties of milk in a murine model. Pediatr Res. 2014 Aug;76(2):135-41. PMID: 24858142.

PhD publications

Stefely JA, Theisen E, Hanewall C, Scholl L, Burkard ME, Huttenlocher A, Yu JJ. A physician-scientist preceptorship in clinical and translational research enhances training and mentorship. BMC Med Educ. 2019 Mar 27;19(1):89. PMID: 30917818; PMCID: PMC6438136.

Johnson LE, Brockstedt D, Leong M, Lauer P, Theisen E, Sauer JD, McNeel DG. Heterologous vaccination targeting prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) using DNA and Listeria vaccines elicits superior anti-tumor immunity dependent on CD4+ T cells elicited by DNA priming. Oncoimmunology. 2018 May 7;7(8):e1456603. PMID: 30221049; PMCID: PMC6136874.

Felley LE, Sharma A, Theisen E, Romero-Masters JC, Sauer JD, Gumperz JE. Human Invariant NKT Cells Induce IL-1β Secretion by Peripheral Blood Monocytes via a P2X7-Independent Pathway. J Immunol. 2016 Sep 15;197(6):2455-64. PMID: 27534556; PMCID: PMC5011004.

Theisen E, Sauer JD. Listeria monocytogenes and the Inflammasome: From Cytosolic Bacteriolysis to Tumor Immunotherapy. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2016;397:133-60. PMID: 27460808; PMCID: PMC5027901.

Berti AD, Theisen E, Sauer JD, Nonejuie P, Olson J, Pogliano J, Sakoulas G, Nizet V, Proctor RA, Rose WE. Penicillin Binding Protein 1 Is Important in the Compensatory Response of Staphylococcus aureus to Daptomycin-Induced Membrane Damage and Is a Potential Target for β-Lactam-Daptomycin Synergy. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2015 Nov 2;60(1):451-8. PMID: 26525797; PMCID: PMC4704217.

Theisen E, Sauer JD. Listeria monocytogenes-Induced Cell Death Inhibits the Generation of Cell-Mediated Immunity. Infect Immun. 2016 Dec 29;85(1). pii: e00733-16. PMID: 27821585; PMCID: PMC5203660.