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Penn Center for AIDS Research

Katharine J Bar

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Physician, International Travel Medicine Clinic, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Director, Penn CFAR Viral and Molecular Core
Department: Medicine

Contact information
502 D Johnson Pavilion
3610 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6073
Office: (215) 573-8497
Fax: (215) 349-5111
Graduate Group Affiliations
Education:
BA (Biochemistry and African History, Honors)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1997.
MD
University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 2002.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern and Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2002-2005.
Chief Medical Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2005-2006.
Fellow Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2006-2009.
Clinical and Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2007-2009.
Chief Fellow Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2008-2009.
Certifications
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 2003.
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, No. 265961, 2005.
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Board, Infectious Disease, No. 265961, 2009.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

HIV care, general infectious disease care

Description of Research Expertise

The Bar Lab studies novel approaches to HIV prevention and cure. Our current research focuses on:
(i) characterizing the viral dynamics and host immune responses during virus suppression and treatment interruption,
(ii) developing NHP models that faithfully recapitulate HIV-1 latency and rebound, and
(iii) developing antibody-based interventions.

Selected Publications

O'Brien MP, Forleo-Neto E, Sarkar N, Isa F, Hou P, Chan KC, Musser BJ, Bar KJ, Barnabas RV, Barouch DH, Cohen MS, Hurt CB, Burwen DR, Marovich MA, Brown ER, Heirman I, Davis JD, Turner KC, Ramesh D, Mahmood A, Hooper AT, Hamilton JD, Kim Y, Purcell LA, Baum A, Kyratsous CA, Krainson J, Perez-Perez R, Mohseni R, Kowal B, DiCioccio AT, Geba GP, Stahl N, Lipsich L, Braunstein N, Herman G, Yancopoulos GD, Weinreich DM; COVID-19 Phase 3 Prevention Trial Team.: Effect of Subcutaneous Casirivimab and Imdevimab Antibody Combination vs Placebo on Development of Symptomatic COVID-19 in Early Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Page: doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.24939. Epub ahead of print. Jan 2022.

Park H, Tarpey T, Liu M, Goldfeld K, Wu Y, Wu D, Li Y, Zhang J, Ganguly D, Ray Y, Paul SR, Bhattacharya P, Belov A, Huang Y, Villa C, Forshee R, Verdun NC, Yoon HA, Agarwal A, Simonovich VA, Scibona P, Burgos Pratx L, Belloso W, Avendaño-Solá C, Bar KJ, Duarte RF, Hsue PY, Luetkemeyer AF, Meyfroidt G, Nicola AM, Mukherjee A, Ortigoza MB, Pirofski LA, Rijnders BJA, Troxel A, Antman EM, Petkova E. : Development and Validation of a Treatment Benefit Index to Identify Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 Who May Benefit From Convalescent Plasma. JAMA Netw Open 5(1:e2147375), Jan 2022.

Obregon-Perko V, Bricker KM, Mensah G, Uddin F, Rotolo L, Vanover D, Desai Y, Santangelo PJ, Jean S, Wood JS, Connor-Stroud FC, Ehnert S, Berendam SJ, Liang S, Vanderford TH, Bar KJ, Shaw GM, Silvestri G, Kumar A, Fouda GG, Permar SR, Chahroudi A: Dynamics and origin of rebound viremia in SHIV-infected infant macaques following interruption of long-term ART. JCI Insight 6(23), Dec 2021 Notes: e152526. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.152526.

Bar KJ, Shaw PA, Choi GH, Aqui N, Fesnak A, Yang JB, Soto-Calderon H, Grajales L, Starr J, Andronov M, Mastellone M, Amonu C, Feret G, DeMarshall M, Buchanan M, Caturla M, Gordon J, Wanicur A, Monroy MA, Mampe F, Lindemuth E, Gouma S, Mullin AM, Barilla H, Pronina A, Irwin L, Thomas R, Eichinger RA, Demuth F, Luning Prak ET, Pascual JL, Short WR, Elovitz MA, Baron J, Meyer NJ, Degnan KO, Frank I, Hensley SE, Siegel DL, Tebas P: A randomized controlled study of convalescent plasma for individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia. J Clin Invest 131(24): e155114, December 2021.

Herman JD, Wang C, Loos C, Yoon H, Rivera J, Eugenia Dieterle M, Haslwanter D, Jangra RK, Bortz RH 3rd, Bar KJ, Julg B, Chandran K, Lauffenburger D, Pirofski LA, Alter G. : Functional convalescent plasma antibodies and pre-infusion titers shape the early severe COVID-19 immune response. Nat Commun. 12(1): 6853, Nov 2021.

O'Brien MP, Forleo-Neto E, Musser BJ, Isa F, Chan KC, Sarkar N, Bar KJ, Barnabas RV, Barouch DH, Cohen MS, Hurt CB, Burwen DR, Marovich MA, Hou P, Heirman I, Davis JD, Turner KC, Ramesh D, Mahmood A, Hooper AT, Hamilton JD, Kim Y, Purcell LA, Baum A, Kyratsous CA, Krainson J, Perez-Perez R, Mohseni R, Kowal B, DiCioccio AT, Stahl N, Lipsich L, Braunstein N, Herman G, Yancopoulos GD, Weinreich DM; Covid-19 Phase 3 Prevention Trial Team.: Subcutaneous REGEN-COV Antibody Combination to Prevent Covid-19. N Engl J Med 385(13): 1185-1195, September 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2109682. Epub 2021 Aug 4.

Liu W, Russell RM, Bibollet-Ruche F, Skelly AN, Sherrill-Mix S, Freeman DA, Stoltz R, Lindemuth E, Lee FH, Sterrett S, Bar KJ, Erdmann N, Gouma S, Hensley SE, Ketas T, Cupo A, Cruz Portillo VM, Moore JP, Bieniasz PD, Hatziioannou T, Massey G, Minyard MB, Saag MS, Davis RS, Shaw GM, Britt WJ, Leal SM Jr, Goepfert P, Hahn BH: Predictors of Nonseroconversion after SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Emerg Infect Dis 27(9): 2454-2458, September 2021.

Tebas P, Jadlowsky JK, Shaw PA, Tian L, Esparza E, Brennan AL, Kim S, Naing SY, Richardson MW, Vogel AN, Maldini CR, Kong H, Liu X, Lacey SF, Bauer AM, Mampe F, Richman LP, Lee G, Ando D, Levine BL, Porter DL, Zhao Y, Siegel DL, Bar KJ, June CH, Riley JL: CCR5-edited CD4+ T cells augment HIV-specific immunity to enable post-rebound control of HIV replication. J Clin Invest 131(7): e144486, April 2021.

Li H, Wang S, Lee FH, Roark RS, Murphy AI, Smith J, Zhao C, Rando J, Chohan N, Ding Y, Kim E, Lindemuth E, Bar KJ, Pandrea I, Apetrei C, Keele BF, Lifson JD, Lewis MG, Denny TN, Haynes BF, Hahn BH, Shaw GM: New SHIVs and Improved Design Strategy for Modeling HIV-1 Transmission, Immunopathogenesis, Prevention and Cure. J Virol 71(21): e00071-21, March 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1128/JVI.00071-21.

Ziani W, Bauer A, Lu H, Wang X, Wu X, Bar KJ, Li H, Liu D, Shaw GM, Veazey RS, Xu H: Immune responses and viral persistence in SHIV.C.CH848-infected rhesus macaques. J Virol 2198(20): e02198-20, February 2021.

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