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Joseph A. Kanabrocki

InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    Laboratory safety, especially biosafety, is a critical component of research activities conducted in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago (UC), including infectious diseases research conducted in UC laboratories located either in Hyde Park or at the Howard T. Ricketts Biocontainment Laboratory, a regional biocontainment lab located on the campus of Argonne National Laboratories. Standard operating procedures and research-related protocols are developed with safety as a primary objective. Whenever possible, we incorporate empirical data into our risk assessment process to optimize safety while at the same time minimizing procedures that might potentially disrupt or unnecessarily complicate primary research activities. Unfortunately, empirical biosafety data is, in many cases, unavailable. My group is interested in exploring these basic research-related biosafety questions. To this end, we have established an applied biosafety research program which is included as part of a post-doctoral fellowship program designed to train post-graduate level scientists (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) on how to manage biosafety programs at major academic, government, or industry-related research institutes.

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    University of Notre Dame, IndianaB.S.Biology
    University of South Dakota School of Medicine, South DakotaPh.D.Microbiology

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    1. Quenee LE, Hermanas TM, Ciletti N, Louvel H, Miller NC, Elli D, Blaylock B, Mitchell A, Schroeder J, Krausz T, Kanabrocki J, Schneewind O. Hereditary hemochromatosis restores the virulence of plague vaccine strains. J Infect Dis. 2012 Oct 01; 206(7):1050-8. PMID: 22896664.
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    2. Berns KI, Casadevall A, Cohen ML, Ehrlich SA, Enquist LW, Fitch JP, Franz DR, Fraser-Liggett CM, Grant CM, Imperiale MJ, Kanabrocki J, Keim PS, Lemon SM, Levy SB, Lumpkin JR, Miller JF, Murch R, Nance ME, Osterholm MT, Relman DA, Roth JA, Vidaver AK. Policy: Adaptations of avian flu virus are a cause for concern. Nature. 2012 Jan 31; 482(7384):153-4. PMID: 22294204.
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    3. Berns KI, Casadevall A, Cohen ML, Ehrlich SA, Enquist LW, Fitch JP, Franz DR, Fraser-Liggett CM, Grant CM, Imperiale MJ, Kanabrocki J, Keim PS, Lemon SM, Levy SB, Lumpkin JR, Miller JF, Murch R, Nance ME, Osterholm MT, Relman DA, Roth JA, Vidaver AK. Public health and biosecurity. Adaptations of avian flu virus are a cause for concern. Science. 2012 Feb 10; 335(6069):660-1. PMID: 22294736.
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    4. Kanabrocki J. Interactions between biocontainment laboratories and their communities: a successful work in progress. Trends Microbiol. 2011 May; 19(5):209-10. PMID: 21353566.
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    5. Boileau AJ, Kissmehl R, Kanabrocki JA, Saimi Y. Transformation of Paramecium tetraurelia by electroporation or particle bombardment. J Eukaryot Microbiol. 1999 Jan-Feb; 46(1):56-65. PMID: 10188261.
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    6. Kung C, Preston RR, Maley ME, Ling KY, Kanabrocki JA, Seavey BR, Saimi Y. In vivo Paramecium mutants show that calmodulin orchestrates membrane responses to stimuli. Cell Calcium. 1992 Jun-Jul; 13(6-7):413-25. PMID: 1380404.
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    7. Kanabrocki JA, Saimi Y, Preston RR, Haynes WJ, Kung C. Efficient transformation of cam2, a behavioral mutant of Paramecium tetraurelia, with the calmodulin gene. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1991 Dec 01; 88(23):10845-9. PMID: 1961754.
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    8. Kink JA, Maley ME, Ling KY, Kanabrocki JA, Kung C. Efficient expression of the Paramecium calmodulin gene in Escherichia coli after four TAA-to-CAA changes through a series of polymerase chain reactions. J Protozool. 1991 Sep-Oct; 38(5):441-7. PMID: 1920142.
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    9. Kanabrocki EL, Kanabrocki JA, Sothern RB, Futscher B, Lampo S, Cournoyer C, Rubnitz ME, Zieher SJ, Greco J, Bushnell DL, et al. Circadian distribution of proteins in urine from healthy young men. Chronobiol Int. 1990; 7(5-6):433-43. PMID: 2097077.
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    10. Kanabrocki JA, Lalucat J, Cox BJ, Quackenbush RL. Comparative study of refractile (R) bodies and their genetic determinants: relationship of type 51 R bodies to R bodies produced by Pseudomonas taeniospiralis. J Bacteriol. 1986 Nov; 168(2):1019-22. PMID: 3782012.
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    11. Kanabrocki JA, Quackenbush RL, Pond FR. Organization and expression of genetic determinants for synthesis and assembly of type 51 R bodies. J Bacteriol. 1986 Oct; 168(1):40-8. PMID: 3759909.
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    12. Quackenbush RL, Cox BJ, Kanabrocki JA. Extrachromosomal elements of extrachromosomal elements of Paramecium and their extrachromosomal elements. Basic Life Sci. 1986; 40:265-78. PMID: 3032139.
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    13. Kanabrocki EL, Kanabrocki JA, Greco J, Kaplan E, Oester YT, Brar SS, Gustafson PS, Nelson DM, Moore CE. Instrumental analysis of trace elements in thumbnails of human subjects. Sci Total Environ. 1979 Oct; 13(2):131-40. PMID: 493958.
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    14. Kanabrocki EL, Greco J, Graham LA, Kaplan E, Rubnitz ME, Oester YT, Brar S, Gustafson PS, Nelson DM, Molinari F, Moore CE, Kanabrocki JA. Trace elements in human pituitary. Int J Nucl Med Biol. 1976 Apr; 3(2):73-6. PMID: 955813.
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