Justine Liepkalns, PhD

Lecturer in Biology

University of Washington

Office: 216 E HCK

Phone: .206.616.5729

Email: jsliepk@uw.edu

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University of Washington

Department of Biology

Seattle, WA

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  • FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 2015 - 2016
  • Ph.D., Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2012
  • M.S., Biology, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 2005
  • B.A., French, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, 2004
  • B.S., Biology, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, 2004


Liepkalns, J., Pandey, A., Hofstetter, A., Jones, E., Cao, W., Liu, F., Levine, M., Sambhara, S., Gangappa, S. (2016) Rapamycin does not impede survival or induction of antibody responses to primary and heterosubtypic influenza infections in mice. Viral Immunology. (29)8. DOI: 10.1089/vim.2016.0056 Epub Jul 2016.

Cao, W.*, Liepkalns, J.S.*, Kamal, R.P., Reber, A.J., Kim, J.H., Hofstetter, A.R., Amoah, S., Stevens, J., Ranjan, P., Gangappa, S., York, I.A., Sambhara, S. (2016) RIG-I ligand enhances the immunogenicity of recombinant H7 HA protein. Cellular Immunology. 304-305:55-8. PMCID: PMC5240151 
* Co-first-authors (authors contributed equally to this work).

Hofstetter, A., De La Cruz, J., Cao, W., Liepkalns, J., Amoah, S., McCoy, J., Diebold, B., Shieh, W., Zaki, S., Katz, J., Sambhara, S., Lambeth, J., Gangappa, S. (2016) NADPH Oxidase 1 is associated with altered T cell phenotypes and host survival kinetics after influenza A virus infection in mice. PLOS One. 11(2): e0149864. PMCID: PMC4766197 

Cao, W.*, Liepkalns, J.*, Hassan, A., Kamal, R., Hofstetter, A., Amoah, S., Kim, J., Reber, A., Stevens, J.. Katz J., York I., Mittal S., Sambhara S. (2016) A Highly Immunogenic Vaccine against H7N9 Influenza Virus. Vaccine. 34(6): 744-9. * Co-first-authors (authors contributed equally to this work). PMCID: PMC4735641 

Kim, J.H. , Liepkalns, J.S., Reber, A., Lu, X., Music, N., Jacob, J., Sambhara, S. (2016) Prior infection with influenza virus but not vaccination leaves a long-term immunological imprint in the host that intensifies the protective immunity against antigenically drifted strains. Vaccine. 34:495-502. PMCID: PMC4713344 

Stowell, S.R.*, Liepkalns, J.S.*, Hendrickson, J.E., Girard-Pierce, K.R., Smith, N.H., Arthur, C.M., Zimring, J.C. (2013) Antigen modulation confers protection to red blood cells from antibody through Fcγ receptor ligation. J Immunol. 191:5013-25.* Co-first-authors (authors contributed equally to this work). DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1300885

Liepkalns, J.S., Cadwell, C.M., Stowell, S.R., Hod, E.A., Spitalnik, S.L., Zimring, J.C. (2013) Resistance of a subset of red blood cells to clearance by antibodies in a mouse model of incompatible transfusion. Transfusion. 53:1319-27. DOI: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2012.03910.x

Liepkalns, J.S., Hod, E.A., Stowell, S.R., Cadwell, C.M., Spitalnik, S.L., Zimring, J.C. (2012) Biphasic clearance of incompatible red blood cells through a novel mechanism requiring neither complement nor Fcγ receptors in a murine model. Transfusion. 52:2631-45.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2012.03647.x

Garcia, A.M., Salomon, R.N., Witsell, A., Liepkalns, J., Calder, R.B., Lee, M., Lundell, M., Vijg, J., McVey, M. (2011) Loss of the bloom syndrome helicase increases DNA ligase 4-independent genome rearrangements and tumorigenesis in aging Drosophila. Genome Biol. 12:R121. PMCID: PMC3334616 

Hod, E.A., Cadwell, C.M., Liepkalns, J.S., Zimring, J.C., Sokol, S.A., Schirmer, D.A., Jhang, J., Spitalnik, S.L. (2008) Cytokine storm in a mouse model of IgG-mediated hemolytic transfusion reactions. Blood. 112:891-4. PMCID: PMC2481546