Monika Kumaraswamy

Title(s)Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA06/2015Infectious Diseases Fellowship
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH06/2012Internal Medicine Residency
    Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WIMD05/2009Medicine
    Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZBS05/2004Microbiology
    Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZBS05/2004Chemistry

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    Dr. Monika Kumaraswamy, MD, D(ABMM) is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at UC San Diego, Associate Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the VA San Diego Healthcare, and a physician scientist with subspecialty expertise in infectious diseases. Dr. Kumaraswamy's primary research interests include modernizing antimicrobial susceptibility testing, developing new diagnostic testing modalities, and identifying novel therapeutic strategies to combat multi-drug resistant bacterial infections by understanding the interactions of innate host defense with conventional antibiotics and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.

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    Surprising Efficacy of Discounted Antibiotics vs. MDR Gram-Negative Pathogens Occurring Through Innate Immune Sensitization
    NIH R01AI145310Aug 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2024
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Monoclonal Ab Therapy vs. Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    Inhibrix, Inc. Jul 1, 2018 - Jan 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Clostridium difficile CLOVER Trial
    Pfizer Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Co-Investrigator
    Mentored Career Development Program
    NIH KL2TR001444Aug 13, 2015 - Apr 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator (CDA Recipient)

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    1. Bacterial Membrane-Derived Vesicles Attenuate Vancomycin Activity against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Microorganisms. 2021 Sep 29; 9(10). Kumaraswamy M, Wiull K, Joshi B, Sakoulas G, Kousha A, Vaaje-Kolstad G, Johannessen M, Hegstad K, Nizet V, Askarian F. PMID: 34683376; PMCID: PMC8539228.
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    2. Using diagnostic stewardship to reduce rates, healthcare expenditures and accurately identify cases of hospital-onset Clostridioides difficile infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 01; 42(1):51-56. Solanky D, Juang DK, Johns ST, Drobish IC, Mehta SR, Kumaraswamy M. PMID: 32943129.
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    3. Duloxetine-Induced Hyponatremia in an Elderly Male Patient with Treatment-Refractory Major Depressive Disorder. Case Rep Psychiatry. 2019; 2019:4109150. Sun CF, Chen YL, Li YH, Kumaraswamy M, Lo YC, Chen YT. PMID: 31214374; PMCID: PMC6535824.
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    4. Erratum for Schooley et al., "Development and Use of Personalized Bacteriophage-Based Therapeutic Cocktails To Treat a Patient with a Disseminated Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Infection". Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2018 12; 62(12). Schooley RT, Biswas B, Gill JJ, Hernandez-Morales A, Lancaster J, Lessor L, Barr JJ, Reed SL, Rohwer F, Benler S, Segall AM, Taplitz R, Smith DM, Kerr K, Kumaraswamy M, Nizet V, Lin L, McCauley MD, Strathdee SA, Benson CA, Pope RK, Leroux BM, Picel AC, Mateczun AJ, Cilwa KE, Regeimbal JM, Estrella LA, Wolfe DM, Henry MS, Quinones J, Salka S, Bishop-Lilly KA, Young R, Hamilton T. PMID: 30478181; PMCID: PMC6256779.
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    5. Decontaminating surfaces with atomized disinfectants generated by a novel thickness-mode lithium niobate device. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2018 Aug; 102(15):6459-6467. Kumaraswamy M, Collignon S, Do C, Kim J, Nizet V, Friend J. PMID: 29804135; PMCID: PMC6082180.
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    6. Phage Therapy for a Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Craniectomy Site Infection. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 Apr; 5(4):ofy064. LaVergne S, Hamilton T, Biswas B, Kumaraswamy M, Schooley RT, Wooten D. PMID: 29687015; PMCID: PMC5905571.
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    7. Staphylococcus aureus Membrane-Derived Vesicles Promote Bacterial Virulence and Confer Protective Immunity in Murine Infection Models. Front Microbiol. 2018; 9:262. Askarian F, Lapek JD, Dongre M, Tsai CM, Kumaraswamy M, Kousha A, Valderrama JA, Ludviksen JA, Cavanagh JP, Uchiyama S, Mollnes TE, Gonzalez DJ, Wai SN, Nizet V, Johannessen M. PMID: 29515544; PMCID: PMC5826277.
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    8. Listeria monocytogenes endocarditis: case report, review of the literature, and laboratory evaluation of potential novel antibiotic synergies. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2018 Mar; 51(3):468-478. Kumaraswamy M, Do C, Sakoulas G, Nonejuie P, Tseng GW, King H, Fierer J, Pogliano J, Nizet V. PMID: 29337066; PMCID: PMC5860678.
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    9. Interaction of Antibiotics with Innate Host Defense Factors against Salmonella enterica Serotype Newport. mSphere. 2017 Nov-Dec; 2(6). Sakoulas G, Kumaraswamy M, Kousha A, Nizet V. PMID: 29242830; PMCID: PMC5717323.
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    10. Development and Use of Personalized Bacteriophage-Based Therapeutic Cocktails To Treat a Patient with a Disseminated Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Infection. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2017 10; 61(10). Schooley RT, Biswas B, Gill JJ, Hernandez-Morales A, Lancaster J, Lessor L, Barr JJ, Reed SL, Rohwer F, Benler S, Segall AM, Taplitz R, Smith DM, Kerr K, Kumaraswamy M, Nizet V, Lin L, McCauley MD, Strathdee SA, Benson CA, Pope RK, Leroux BM, Picel AC, Mateczun AJ, Cilwa KE, Regeimbal JM, Estrella LA, Wolfe DM, Henry MS, Quinones J, Salka S, Bishop-Lilly KA, Young R, Hamilton T. PMID: 28807909; PMCID: PMC5610518.
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    11. Cefazolin and Ertapenem, a Synergistic Combination Used To Clear Persistent Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 11; 60(11):6609-6618. Sakoulas G, Olson J, Yim J, Singh NB, Kumaraswamy M, Quach DT, Rybak MJ, Pogliano J, Nizet V. PMID: 27572414; PMCID: PMC5075066.
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    12. Standard susceptibility testing overlooks potent azithromycin activity and cationic peptide synergy against MDR Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2016 May; 71(5):1264-9. Kumaraswamy M, Lin L, Olson J, Sun CF, Nonejuie P, Corriden R, Döhrmann S, Ali SR, Amaro D, Rohde M, Pogliano J, Sakoulas G, Nizet V. PMID: 26832758; PMCID: PMC4830416.
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    13. Differential Effects of Penicillin Binding Protein Deletion on the Susceptibility of Enterococcus faecium to Cationic Peptide Antibiotics. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2015 Oct; 59(10):6132-9. Sakoulas G, Kumaraswamy M, Nonejuie P, Werth BJ, Rybak MJ, Pogliano J, Rice LB, Nizet V. PMID: 26195528; PMCID: PMC4576044.
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    14. Azithromycin Synergizes with Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides to Exert Bactericidal and Therapeutic Activity Against Highly Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacterial Pathogens. EBioMedicine. 2015 Jul; 2(7):690-8. Lin L, Nonejuie P, Munguia J, Hollands A, Olson J, Dam Q, Kumaraswamy M, Rivera H, Corriden R, Rohde M, Hensler ME, Burkart MD, Pogliano J, Sakoulas G, Nizet V. PMID: 26288841; PMCID: PMC4534682.
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