Paul J Planet, Ph.D, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department: Pediatrics
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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3615 Civic Center Blvd
Abramson 1202A
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 9175140695
BS (Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Anthropology)
Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1996.
Ph.D (Integrated Program for Cellular, Molecular, and Biophysical Studies)
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY , 2003.
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY, 2004.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Planet is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. Dr. Planet has specific areas of interest in antibiotic resistant infections (MRSA), respiratory infections, and chronic infections in patients with cystic fibrosis.

Description of Research Expertise

Paul J. Planet MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a senior researcher at the American Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Planet graduated from Yale University with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics. He went on to earn his MD and PhD from Columbia University, where he also completed his residency and fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of New York. His first faculty appointment was in the division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Columbia University.

Dr. Planet’s research program focuses on the evolution and ecology of infectious disease. His current interests include the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistant strains, particularly community acquired MRSA, and the impact of the pulmonary microbiome in cystic fibrosis. Dr. Planet’s laboratory uses whole genome phylogenetics, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics to generate hypotheses that are then tested with bench-based microbiology and molecular techniques.

Selected Publications

Monteiro da Silva BN, Faria AR, de Souza SDSR, Planet PJ, Merquior VLC, Teixeira LM: Draft Genome Sequence of Enterococcus faecium CL-6729, a Clinical Isolate Showing Constitutive Vancomycin Resistance. Microbiol Resour Announc 21(7): doi: 10.1128, Nov 2018.

Zapotoczna M, Riboldi GP, Moustafa AM, Dickson E, Narechania A, Morrissey JA, Planet PJ, Holden MTG, Waldron KJ, Geoghegan JA. : Mobile-Genetic-Element-Encoded Hypertolerance to Copper Protects Staphylococcus aureus from Killing by Host Phagocytes. mBio 16(9): doi: 10.1128, Oct 2018.

Manice Christina S, Planet Paul J, Chase Herbert S, Lauren Christine T: Management of afebrile neonates with pustules and vesicles in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatric dermatology 35(5): 660-665, Sep 2018.

Zachariah Philip, Ryan Chanelle, Nadimpalli Sruti, Coscia Gina, Kolb Michelle, Smith Hannah, Foca Marc, Saiman Lisa, Planet Paul J: Culture-independent Analysis of Pediatric Broncho-alveolar Lavage (BAL) Specimens. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 15(9): 1047-1056, Sep 2018.

Challagundla L, Reyes J, Rafiqullah I, Sordelli DO, Echaniz-Aviles G, Velazquez-Meza ME, Castillo-Ramírez S, Fittipaldi N, Feldgarden M, Chapman S, Calderwood M, Carvajal L, Rincon S, Hanson B, Planet PJ, Arias C, Diaz L, Robinson DA: Phylogenomic Classification and the Evolution of Clonal Complex 5 Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Western Hemisphere, Frontiers in Microbiology Front Microbiol 22(9): doi: 10.1128, Aug 2018.

Birger Ruthie, Morita Haruka, Comito Devon, Filip Ioan, Galanti Marta, Lane Benjamin, Ligon Chanel, Rosenbloom Daniel, Shittu Atinuke, Ud-Dean Minhaz, Desalle Rob, Planet Paul, Shaman Jeffrey: Asymptomatic Shedding of Respiratory Virus among an Ambulatory Population across Seasons. mSphere 3(4): e00249-18, Jul 2018.

Purves Joanne, Thomas Jamie, Riboldi Gustavo P, Zapotoczna Marta, Tarrant Emma, Andrew Peter W, Londoño Alejandra, Planet Paul J, Geoghegan Joan A, Waldron Kevin J, Morrissey Julie A: A horizontally gene transferred copper resistance locus confers hyper-resistance to antibacterial copper toxicity and enables survival of community acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus USA300 in macrophages. Environmental microbiology 20(4): 1576-1589, Apr 2018.

Shaman Jeffrey, Morita Haruka, Birger Ruthie, Boyle Mary, Comito Devon, Lane Benjamin, Ligon Chanel, Smith Hannah, Desalle Rob, Planet Paul: Asymptomatic Summertime Shedding of Respiratory Viruses. The Journal of infectious diseases 217(7): 1074-1077, Mar 2018.

Challagundla Lavanya, Luo Xiao, Tickler Isabella A, Didelot Xavier, Coleman David C, Shore Anna C, Coombs Geoffrey W, Sordelli Daniel O, Brown Eric L, Skov Robert, Larsen Anders Rhod, Reyes Jinnethe, Robledo Iraida E, Vazquez Guillermo J, Rivera Raul, Fey Paul D, Stevenson Kurt, Wang Shu-Hua, Kreiswirth Barry N, Mediavilla Jose R, Arias Cesar A, Planet Paul J, Nolan Rathel L, Tenover Fred C, Goering Richard V, Robinson D Ashley: Range Expansion and the Origin of USA300 North American Epidemic Methicillin-Resistant . mBio 9(1): e02016-17, Jan 2018.

Singer Hannah M, Levin Laura E, Garzon Maria C, Lauren Christine T, Planet Paul J, Kittler Nicole W, Whittier Susan, Morel Kimberly D: Wound culture isolated antibiograms and caregiver-reported skin care practices in children with epidermolysis bullosa. Pediatric dermatology 35(1): 92-96, Jan 2018.

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