Headshot of Erin Theisen

Undergraduate education

University of Minnesota - BA, BS (2011)

Years in MSTP


PhD program

Cellular and Molecular Pathology


J.D. Sauer, PhD

Thesis Title

Inflammasome activation impairs cell-mediated immunity to Listeria monocytogenes

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

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.