• Dr. Birket received her PharmD from the University of Kansas in 2007. She received a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with an emphasis in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, from the University of Kentucky, under the mentorship of Dr. David Feola. After graduating in 2012, she joined the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division as a T32 trainee, under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Rowe.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2018 Corrigendum for Carlon, Vidović, and Birket (2017) https://doi.org/10.1002/pd.5164.Prenatal Diagnosis.  38:979. 2018
    2018 Non-obstructive vas deferens and epididymis loss in cystic fibrosis rats.Mechanisms of Development2018
    2018 A clean sweep: mucin bundles clear the airway.European Respiratory Journal.  52. 2018
    2018 A revised airway epithelial hierarchy includes CFTR-expressing ionocytes.Nature.  560:319-324. 2018
    2018 An Adeno-Associated Viral Vector Capable of Penetrating the Mucus Barrier to Inhaled Gene Therapy.Molecular Therapy - Methods and Clinical Development.  9:296-304. 2018
    2018 Development of an airway mucus defect in the cystic fibrosis rat.JCI insight.  3. 2018
    2017 Klotho Inhibits Interleukin-8 Secretion from Cystic Fibrosis Airway Epithelia.Scientific Reports.  7:14388. 2017
    2017 Roadmap for an early gene therapy for cystic fibrosis airway disease.Prenatal Diagnosis.  37:1181-1190. 2017
    2017 Assessment of ciliary phenotype in primary ciliary dyskinesia by micro-optical coherence tomography.JCI insight.  2:e91702. 2017
    2017 Flexible, high-resolution micro-optical coherence tomography endobronchial probe toward in vivo imaging of cilia.Optics Letters.  42:867-870. 2017
    2017 Pneumocystis infection alters the activation state of pulmonary macrophages.Immunobiology.  222:188-197. 2017
    2017 Reduced bone length, growth plate thickness, bone content, and IGF-I as a model for poor growth in the CFTR-deficient rat.PLoS ONE.  12:e0188497. 2017
    2016 Particle-Tracking Microrheology Using Micro-Optical Coherence Tomography.Biophysical Journal.  111:1053-1063. 2016
    2016 In vivo imaging of airway cilia and mucus clearance with micro-optical coherence tomography.Biomedical Optics Express.  7:2494-2505. 2016
    2016 Mutation of Growth Arrest Specific 8 Reveals a Role in Motile Cilia Function and Human Disease.PLoS Genetics.  12:e1006220. 2016
    2016 Combination therapy with cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator modulators augment the airway functional microanatomy.AJP - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.  310:L928-L939. 2016
    2015 Defective innate immunity and hyperinflammation in newborn cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator-knockout ferret lungs.American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.  52:683-694. 2015
    2014 An autoregulatory mechanism governing mucociliary transport is sensitive to mucus load.American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.  51:485-493. 2014
    2014 A functional anatomic defect of the cystic fibrosis airway.American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  190:421-432. 2014
    2014 Impact of azithromycin treatment on macrophage gene expression in subjects with cystic fibrosis.Journal of Cystic Fibrosis.  13:164-171. 2014
    2014 Characterization of defects in ion transport and tissue development in cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR)-knockout rats.PLoS ONE.  9:e91253. 2014
    2013 Linezolid decreases susceptibility to secondary bacterial pneumonia postinfluenza infection in mice through its effects on IFN-γ.Journal of Immunology.  191:1792-1799. 2013
    2013 Azithromycin increases in vitro fibronectin production through interactions between macrophages and fibroblasts stimulated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.  68:840-851. 2013
    2013 Method for quantitative study of airway functional microanatomy using micro-optical coherence tomography.PLoS ONE.  8:e54473. 2013
    2010 Azithromycin alters macrophage phenotype and pulmonary compartmentalization during lung infection with Pseudomonas.Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.  54:2437-2447. 2010
    2008 The C-terminus of IpaC is required for effector activities related to Shigella invasion of host cells.Microbial Pathogenesis.  45:282-289. 2008
    2007 Preparation and Characterization of Translocator/Chaperone Complexes and Their Component Proteins from Shigella flexneri †Biochemistry.  46:8128-8137. 2007
    2006 Self-chaperoning of the Type III Secretion System Needle Tip Proteins IpaD and BipDJournal of Biological Chemistry.  282:4035-4044. 2006
    2006 Expression, limited proteolysis and preliminary crystallographic analysis of IpaD, a component of the Shigella flexneri type III secretion systemActa Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications.  62:865-868. 2006
    2006 Characterization of the Interaction of Single Tryptophan Containing Mutants of IpaC from Shigella flexneri with Phospholipid Membranes †Biochemistry.  45:626-636. 2006

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Birket has examined in detail the relationship between the CFTR dysfunction, the airway epithelium, and properties of airway mucus in cystic fibrosis. She is particularly interested in the relationship between Pseudomonas aeruginosa, as well as other pathogens, and the airway mucus in diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis. Dr. Birket currently directs the Cystic Fibrosis Knockout Rat colony at UAB, and is focusing on the CF rat as a model of cystic fibrosis airway disease for the purpose of evaluating new therapies.
  • Education And Training

  • University of Kentucky, Other
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, University of Kentucky
  • Full Name

  • Susan Birket
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