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Kristopher Kerns

PhD Acting Assistant Professor

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Acting Assistant Professor Department of Periodontics

Graduate Student, Oral Biology (PhD), University of Washington, School of Dentistry

MPH-D, A.T. Still University, College of Graduate Health Sciences

BS, University of Puget Sound

Research Interests

  • Systems Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Human (Oral) Microbiome Ecology
  • Host-bacterial interactions


  1. Jeffrey S. McLean, Batbileg Bor, Thao T. To, Quanhui Liu, Kristopher A. Kerns, Lindsey Solden, Kelly Wrighton, Xuesong He, Wenyuan Shi. Evidence of independent acquisition and adaption of ultra-small bacteria to human hosts across the highly diverse yet reduced genomes of the phylum Saccharibacteria. Online in preprint as of Feb 2, 2018
  2. Jonathan Y. An, Kristopher A. Kerns, Andrew Ouellette, Laura Robinson, DougMorris, Catherine Kaczorowski, So-Il Park, Title Mekvanich, Alex Kang, Jeffrey S.McLean, Timothy C. Cox, Matt Kaeberlein. Rapamycin rejuvenates oral health in aging mice. Online in preprint as of Dec 10, 2019


  1. Northwest Bulletin: family and child health: Anti-Fluoridation Efforts Threaten Oral Health Protections for Children in Washington State March 2019
  2. Northwest Bulletin: family and child health: What You Should Know about Silver Diamine Fluoride May 2019



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