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Priscilla L. Phillips, PhD



Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology


Address: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
800 W. Jefferson St.
Kirksville, MO  63501

Post-Doctoral: Center for Molecular Microbiology, Department of Oral Biology, College of Dentistry, University of Florida, 2010-14


Post-Doctoral: Institute for Wound Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, University of Florida; 2006-10


PhD: (Molecular Microbiology and Genetics) University of Florida, 2005


BS: (Microbiology and Cell science) University of Florida, 1996

BS: (Zoology) University of Florida, 1996



Research Interests: Dr. Phillips' primary research interests have been directed toward identifying and characterizing a variety of factors and the underlying molecular mechanisms that mediate the ability of Porphyromonas gingivalis to infect, persist, and cause pathology in context of both oral and systemic diseases, particularly those that lead to tissue dysfunctions resulting in poor pregnancy outcomes. To this end, Dr Phillips' current research has been focused on using Next-Gen sequencing to study changes in the host’s resident microbiome, from various loci in response to specific strains of Porphyromonas gingivalis, in conjunction with systemic changes in the host.Dr. Phillips’ long-term research interests also include the study of microbial biofilm tissue infections and its contribution to the development of chronic disease, especially chronic wounds. Her most recent collaborative research in this area has been directed toward assessing the efficacy of antimicrobial agents and therapeutics in removing microbial biofilm from dermal wounds as well as the development of diagnostics to promote wound healing.

List of Publications
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