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Ana L Maldonado-Contreras PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
Endowed TitleMarcellette G. Williams Scholar
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentMicrobiology and Physiological Systems
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentMicrobiology and Physiological Systems

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentProgram in Microbial Dynamics

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentImmunology and Microbiology Program

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMD/PhD Program

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    University of Zulia, Maracaibo, , VenezuelaBAEducation
    Instituto Universitario de Tecnologia, Caracas, , VenezuelaMSMicrobiology
    University of Puerto Rico, Cayey, PR, United StatesPHDMicrobiology
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    2013 - 2015Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, The Medical Foundation Division
    2016 - 2019Research Scholar Award, American Gastroenterological Association
    2015 - 2020Faculty Diversity Scholar, Office of Faculty Affairs- UMMS

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    Focus: Gastrointestinal microbiome, diet-microbiome interaction

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    1. McGrail L, Vargas-Robles D, Correa MR, Merrill LC, Noel SE, Velez M, Maldonado-Contreras A, Mangano KM. Daily yogurt consumption does not affect bone turnover markers in men and postmenopausal women of Caribbean Latino descent: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Nutr. 2024 Jan 11; 10(1):12. PMID: 38212847.
    2. Bucci V, Ward DV, Bhattarai S, Rojas-Correa M, Purkayastha A, Holler D, Qu MD, Mitchell WG, Yang J, Fountain S, Zeamer A, Forconi CS, Fujimori G, Odwar B, Cawley C, Moormann AM, Wessolossky M, Maldonado-Contreras A. The intestinal microbiota predicts COVID-19 severity and fatality regardless of hospital feeding method. mSystems. 2023 08 31; 8(4):e0031023. PMID: 37548476.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    3. Damas OM, Maldonado-Contreras A. Breaking Barriers in Dietary Research: Strategies to Diversify Recruitment in Clinical Studies and Develop Culturally Tailored Diets for Hispanic Communities Living With Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Gastroenterology. 2023 08; 165(2):324-328. PMID: 37479360.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Damas OM, Maldonado-Contreras A. Breaking Barriers in Dietary Research: Strategies to Diversify Recruitment in Clinical Studies and Develop Culturally Tailored Diets for Hispanic Communities Living With Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2023 08; 21(9):2169-2173. PMID: 37482405.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Leftwich HK, Vargas-Robles D, Rojas-Correa M, Yap YR, Bhattarai S, Ward DV, Fujimori G, Forconi CS, Yeboah T, Carter A, Kastrinakis A, Asirwatham AM, Bucci V, Moormann AM, Maldonado-Contreras A. The microbiota of pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 and their infants. Microbiome. 2023 06 26; 11(1):141. PMID: 37365606.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    6. Rojas Correa M, Estremera L, Yap Y, D?az-D?az LM, Quintana MDC, Hernandez L, Madziar C, Olendzki B, Torres EA, Maldonado-Contreras A. DietaAnti-Inflamatoria or DAIN: A Crohn's disease management strategy tailored for Puerto Ricans. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2023 Aug; 34:101162. PMID: 37388217.
    7. Olendzki BC, Hsiao BS, Weinstein K, Chen R, Frisard C, Madziar C, Picker M, Pauplis C, Maldonado-Contreras A, Peter I. Dietary Intake of Pregnant Women with and without Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the United States. Nutrients. 2023 May 25; 15(11). PMID: 37299427.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    8. Binder RA, Fujimori GF, Forconi CS, Reed GW, Silva LS, Lakshmi PS, Higgins A, Cincotta L, Dutta P, Salive MC, Mangolds V, Anya O, Calvo Calle JM, Nixon T, Tang Q, Wessolossky M, Wang Y, Ritacco DA, Bly CS, Fischinger S, Atyeo C, Oluoch PO, Odwar B, Bailey JA, Maldonado-Contreras A, Haran JP, Schmidt AG, Cavacini L, Alter G, Moormann AM. SARS-CoV-2 Serosurveys: How Antigen, Isotype and Threshold Choices Affect the Outcome. J Infect Dis. 2023 02 01; 227(3):371-380. PMID: 36314635.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    9. Maldonado-Contreras A. Food as Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Infect Immun. 2022 05 19; 90(5):e0058321. PMID: 35323020.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Olendzki B, Bucci V, Cawley C, Maserati R, McManus M, Olednzki E, Madziar C, Chiang D, Ward DV, Pellish R, Foley C, Bhattarai S, McCormick BA, Maldonado-Contreras A. Dietary manipulation of the gut microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease patients: Pilot study. Gut Microbes. 2022 Jan-Dec; 14(1):2046244. PMID: 35311458.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Meza-Segura M, Birtley JR, Maldonado-Contreras A, Mueller C, Simin KJ, Stern LJ, McCormick BA. SepA Enhances Shigella Invasion of Epithelial Cells by Degrading Alpha-1 Antitrypsin and Producing a Neutrophil Chemoattractant. mBio. 2021 12 21; 12(6):e0283321. PMID: 34724811.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    12. Foley SE, Tuohy C, Dunford M, Grey MJ, De Luca H, Cawley C, Szabady RL, Maldonado-Contreras A, Houghton JM, Ward DV, Mrsny RJ, McCormick BA. Gut microbiota regulation of P-glycoprotein in the intestinal epithelium in maintenance of homeostasis. Microbiome. 2021 09 07; 9(1):183. PMID: 34493329.
      Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    13. Maldonado-Contreras A, Noel SE, Ward DV, Velez M, Mangano KM. Associations between Diet, the Gut Microbiome, and Short-Chain Fatty Acid Production among Older Caribbean Latino Adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2020 12; 120(12):2047-2060.e6. PMID: 32798072.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    14. Maldonado-Contreras A, Ferrer L, Cawley C, Crain S, Bhattarai S, Toscano J, Ward DV, Hoffman A. Dysbiosis in a canine model of human fistulizing Crohn's disease. Gut Microbes. 2020 11 09; 12(1):1785246. PMID: 32730134.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    15. Peter I, Maldonado-Contreras A, Eisele C, Frisard C, Simpson S, Nair N, Rendon A, Hawkins K, Cawley C, Debebe A, Tarassishin L, White S, Dubinsky M, Stone J, Clemente JC, Sabino J, Torres J, Hu J, Colombel JF, Olendzki B. A dietary intervention to improve the microbiome composition of pregnant women with Crohn's disease and their offspring: The MELODY (Modulating Early Life Microbiome through Dietary Intervention in Pregnancy) trial design. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2020 Jun; 18:100573. PMID: 32617430.
    16. Zhao M, Chiriboga D, Olendzki B, Xie B, Li Y, McGonigal LJ, Maldonado-Contreras A, Ma Y. Substantial Increase in Compliance with Saturated Fatty Acid Intake Recommendations after One Year Following the American Heart Association Diet. Nutrients. 2018 Oct 12; 10(10). PMID: 30322012.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Maldonado-Contreras A, Birtley JR, Boll E, Zhao Y, Mumy KL, Toscano J, Ayehunie S, Reinecker HC, Stern LJ, McCormick BA. Shigella depends on SepA to destabilize the intestinal epithelial integrity via cofilin activation. Gut Microbes. 2017 11 02; 8(6):544-560. PMID: 28598765.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    18. Maldonado-Contreras A, Gerstein RM. Editorial: No Trp, no B: surprising connectivity of diet, microbiome, aging, and adaptive immunity. J Leukoc Biol. 2017 04; 101(4):807-809. PMID: 28366880.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Maldonado-Contreras A, Mane SP, Zhang XS, Pericchi L, Alarc?n T, Contreras M, Linz B, Blaser MJ, Dom?nguez-Bello MG. Phylogeographic evidence of cognate recognition site patterns and transformation efficiency differences in H. pylori: theory of strain dominance. BMC Microbiol. 2013 Sep 19; 13:211. PMID: 24050390.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    20. Maldonado-Contreras AL, McCormick BA. Intestinal epithelial cells and their role in innate mucosal immunity. Cell Tissue Res. 2011 Jan; 343(1):5-12. PMID: 21104188.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    21. Srikanth CV, Wall DM, Maldonado-Contreras A, Shi H, Zhou D, Demma Z, Mumy KL, McCormick BA. Salmonella pathogenesis and processing of secreted effectors by caspase-3. Science. 2010 Oct 15; 330(6002):390-393. PMID: 20947770.
      Citations: 55     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    22. Maldonado-Contreras A, Goldfarb KC, Godoy-Vitorino F, Karaoz U, Contreras M, Blaser MJ, Brodie EL, Dominguez-Bello MG. Structure of the human gastric bacterial community in relation to Helicobacter pylori status. ISME J. 2011 Apr; 5(4):574-9. PMID: 20927139.
      Citations: 133     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    23. Mane SP, Dominguez-Bello MG, Blaser MJ, Sobral BW, Hontecillas R, Skoneczka J, Mohapatra SK, Crasta OR, Evans C, Modise T, Shallom S, Shukla M, Varon C, M?graud F, Maldonado-Contreras AL, Williams KP, Bassaganya-Riera J. Host-interactive genes in Amerindian Helicobacter pylori diverge from their Old World homologs and mediate inflammatory responses. J Bacteriol. 2010 Jun; 192(12):3078-92. PMID: 20400544.
      Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    24. Marini E, Maldonado-Contreras AL, Cabras S, Hidalgo G, Buffa R, Marin A, Floris G, Racugno W, Pericchi LR, Castellanos ME, Gr?schl M, Blaser MJ, Dom?nguez-Bello MG. Helicobacter pylori and intestinal parasites are not detrimental to the nutritional status of Amerindians. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2007 Mar; 76(3):534-40. PMID: 17360880.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
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