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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

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.