• 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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    2020 Excess mucus viscosity and airway dehydration impact COPD airway clearance 2020
    2019 Revealing the molecular signaling pathways of mucus stasis in cystic fibrosis 2019
    2019 Azithromycin polarizes macrophages to an M2 phenotype via inhibition of the STAT1 and NF-kB signaling pathways 2019
    2019 Intranasal micro-optical coherence tomography imaging for cystic fibrosis studies 2019
    2019 Non-obstructive vas deferens and epididymis loss in cystic fibrosis rats 2019
    2019 A glycopolymer improves vascoelasticity and mucociliary transport of abnormal cystic fibrosis mucus 2019
    2018 Corrigendum to: Roadmap for an early gene therapy for cystic fibrosis airway disease (Prenatal Diagnosis, (2017), 13, 7, (1181-1190), 10.1002/pd.51645164) 2018
    2018 A revised airway epithelial hierarchy includes CFTR-expressing ionocytes 2018
    2018 An Adeno-Associated Viral Vector Capable of Penetrating the Mucus Barrier to Inhaled Gene Therapy 2018
    2018 Development of an airway mucus defect in the cystic fibrosis rat 2018
    2018 A clean sweep: Mucin bundles clear the airway 2018
    2017 Klotho Inhibits Interleukin-8 Secretion from Cystic Fibrosis Airway Epithelia 2017
    2017 Roadmap for an early gene therapy for cystic fibrosis airway disease 2017
    2017 Reduced bone length, growth plate thickness, bone content, and IGF-I as a model for poor growth in the CFTR-deficient rat 2017
    2017 Assessment of ciliary phenotype in primary ciliary dyskinesia by micro-optical coherence tomography. 2017
    2017 Flexible, high-resolution micro-optical coherence tomography endobronchial probe toward in vivo imaging of cilia 2017
    2017 Pneumocystis infection alters the activation state of pulmonary macrophages 2017
    2016 Particle-Tracking Microrheology Using Micro-Optical Coherence Tomography 2016
    2016 In vivo imaging of airway cilia and mucus clearance with micro-optical coherence tomography 2016
    2016 Mutation of Growth Arrest Specific 8 Reveals a Role in Motile Cilia Function and Human Disease 2016
    2016 Combination therapy with cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator modulators augment the airway functional microanatomy 2016
    2015 Defective innate immunity and hyperinflammation in newborn cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator-knockout ferret lungs 2015
    2014 Characterization of defects in ion transport and tissue development in Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR)-knockout rats 2014
    2014 Impact of azithromycin treatment on macrophage gene expression in subjects with cystic fibrosis 2014
    2014 A functional anatomic defect of the cystic fibrosis airway 2014
    2014 An autoregulatory mechanism governing mucociliary transport is sensitive to mucus load 2014
    2013 Linezolid decreases susceptibility to secondary bacterial pneumonia postinfluenza infection in mice through its effects on IFN-γ 2013
    2013 Azithromycin increases in vitro fibronectin production through interactions between macrophages and fibroblasts stimulated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa 2013
    2013 Method for Quantitative Study of Airway Functional Microanatomy Using Micro-Optical Coherence Tomography 2013
    2010 Azithromycin alters macrophage phenotype and pulmonary compartmentalization during lung infection with Pseudomonas 2010
    2008 The C-terminus of IpaC is required for effector activities related to Shigella invasion of host cells 2008
    2007 Preparation and Characterization of Translocator/Chaperone Complexes and Their Component Proteins fromShigella flexneri† 2007
    2006 Self-chaperoning of the Type III Secretion System Needle Tip Proteins IpaD and BipD 2006
    2006 Expression, limited proteolysis and preliminary crystallographic analysis of IpaD, a component of theShigella flexneritype III secretion system 2006
    2006 Characterization of the Interaction of Single Tryptophan Containing Mutants of IpaC fromShigella flexneriwith Phospholipid Membranes† 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 2012
  • Full Name

  • Susan Birket