Beth A. Kozel, M.D., Ph.D.  kozel_b@kids.wustl.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Genomic Medicine
Genetics and Genomic Medicine

phone: (314) 454-6093

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kozel focuses her clinical practice on genetics. She sees children with inherited medical conditions, multiple congenital anomalies and genetic conditions that increase risk of cancer. She has a clinical and research interest in the genetics of Williams Syndrome, familial supravalvular aortic stenosis and cutis laxa. She attends in the undiagnosed mendelian disorders clinic and is responsible for directing the research arm of this clinic. Services: Genetics and Genomic Medicine, Williams Syndrome Center, Cancer Predispostion Clinic, Undiagnosed Mendelian Disorders.

Education

  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Washington University in St. Louis1996
  • M.D., Washington University School of Medicine2004
  • Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine2004

Training

  • Resident, St. Louis Children's Hospital2004 - 2007
  • Resident (Fellow), Washington University School of Medicine2007 - 2009

Licensure and Board Certification

  • American Board of Pediatrics2007
  • MO, Unrestricted Medical License2007
  • American Board of Medical Genetics2009

Honors

  • Teresa Vietti Fellowship Award2010
  • Co-Chair for the 2011 Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar, Elastin and Elastic Fibers2010 - 2011
  • NIH K12 Scholar 1K12 (HL089968)2010 - 2011
  • Scholar of the Child Health Research Center of Excellence in Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine2011 - 2013
  • NIH K08 Recipient 1K08 (HL109076)2011 - 2016
  • Children's Discovery Institute Faculty Scholar2011 - 2016
  • Williams Syndrome Association Heart to Heart Award2015

Recent Publications view all (27)


Publication Co-Authors

  1. Sindhar S, Lugo M, Levin MD, Danback JR, Brink BD, Yu E, Dietzen DJ, Clark AL, Purgert CA, Waxler JL, Elder RW, Pober BR, Kozel BA. Hypercalcemia in Patients with Williams-Beuren Syndrome. J Pediatr. 2016. PMID:27574996  
  2. Kulsum-Mecci N, Goss C, Kozel BA, Garbutt JM, Schechtman KB, Dharnidharka VR. Effects of Obesity and Hypertension on Pulse Wave Velocity in Children. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2016. PMID:27511880  
  3. Levin MD, Singh GK, Zhang HX, Uchida K, Kozel BA, Stein PK, Kovacs A, Westenbroek RE, Catterall WA, Grange DK, Nichols CG. KATP channel gain-of-function leads to increased myocardial L-type Ca2+ current and contractility in Cantu syndrome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016;113(24):6773-8. PMCID:PMC4914204  PMID:27247394  
  4. Levin, M., Singh, G., Zhang, H., Uchida, K., Stein, P., Kovacs, A. Westenbroek, R., Catterall, W., Kozel, B., Grange, D., and Nichols, C. KATP channel gain-of-function leads to increased cardiomyocyte L-type Ca2+ current and myocardial hypercontractility in Cantu Syndrome JCI. 2015. 
  5. Halabi CM, Broekelmann TJ, Knutsen RH, Ye L, Mecham RP, Kozel BA. Chronic antihypertensive treatment improves pulse pressure but not large artery mechanics in a mouse model of congenital vascular stiffness. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2015;309(5):H1008-16. doi:10.1152/ajpheart.00288.2015  PMID:26232234  
  6. Knutsen, RH, Ye, L, Bernal-Mizrachi, C, Mecham RP and Kozel, BA. Context dependent interactions between renin and elastin affect blood pressure In preparation. 2015. 
  7. Kozel BA, Su CT, Danback JR, Minster RL, Madan-Khetarpal S, McConnell JS, Mac Neal MK, Levine KL, Wilson RC, Sciurba FC, Urban Z. Biomechanical properties of the skin in cutis laxa. J Invest Dermatol. 2014;134(11):2836-8. doi:10.1038/jid.2014.224  PMCID:PMC4199921  PMID:24844858  
  8. DeMarsilis AJ, Walji TA, Maedeker JA, Stoka KV, Kozel BA, Mecham RP, Wagenseil JE, Craft CS. Elastin Insufficiency Predisposes Mice to Impaired Glucose Metabolism. J Mol Genet Med. 2014;8(3). doi:10.4172/1747-0862.1000129  PMCID:PMC4497575  PMID:26167199  
  9. Kozel BA, Bayliss SJ, Berk DR, Waxler JL, Knutsen RH, Danback JR, Pober BR. Skin findings in Williams syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2014;164A(9):2217-25. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.36628  PMCID:PMC4134746  PMID:24920525  
  10. Koehler U, Pabst B, Pober B, Kozel B. Clinical utility gene card for: Williams-Beuren Syndrome [7q11.23]. Eur J Hum Genet. 2014;22(9). doi:10.1038/ejhg.2014.28  PMCID:PMC4135419  PMID:24569604  
  11. Cheng YW, Tan CA, Minor A, Arndt K, Wysinger L, Grange DK, Kozel BA, Robin NH, Waggoner D, Fitzpatrick C, Das S, Del Gaudio D. Copy number analysis of NIPBL in a cohort of 510 patients reveals rare copy number variants and a mosaic deletion. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2014;2(2):115-23. doi:10.1002/mgg3.48  PMCID:PMC3960053  PMID:24689074  
  12. Osei-Owusu P, Knutsen RH, Kozel BA, Dietrich HH, Blumer KJ, Mecham RP. Altered reactivity of resistance vasculature contributes to hypertension in elastin insufficiency. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2014. doi:10.1152/ajpheart.00601.2013  PMID:24414067  
  13. Kozel BA, Danback JR, Waxler JL, Knutsen RH, de Las Fuentes L, Reusz GS, Kis E, Bhatt AB, Pober BR. Williams syndrome predisposes to vascular stiffness modified by antihypertensive use and copy number changes in NCF1. Hypertension. 2014;63(1):74-9. doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.113.02087  PMID:24126171  
  14. Schilter KF, Reis LM, Schneider A, Bardakjian TM, Abdul-Rahman O, Kozel BA, Zimmerman HH, Broeckel U, Semina EV. Whole-genome copy number variation analysis in anophthalmia and microphthalmia. Clin Genet. 2013;84(5):473-81. doi:10.1111/cge.12202  PMCID:PMC3985344  PMID:23701296  
  15. Sugitani H, Hirano E, Knutsen RH, Shifren A, Wagenseil JE, Ciliberto C, Kozel BA, Urban Z, Davis EC, Broekelmann TJ, Mecham RP. Alternative splicing and tissue-specific elastin misassembly act as biological modifiers of human elastin gene frameshift mutations associated with dominant cutis laxa. J Biol Chem. 2012;287(26):22055-67. doi:10.1074/jbc.M111.327940  PMCID:PMC3381164  PMID:22573328  
  16. Nagamani SC, Erez A, Bay C, Pettigrew A, Lalani SR, Herman K, Graham BH, Nowaczyk MJ, Proud M, Craigen WJ, Hopkins B, Kozel B, Plunkett K, Hixson P, Stankiewicz P, Patel A, Cheung SW. Delineation of a deletion region critical for corpus callosal abnormalities in chromosome 1q43-q44. Eur J Hum Genet. 2012;20(2):176-9. doi:10.1038/ejhg.2011.171  PMCID:PMC3260920  PMID:21934713  
  17. Kozel BA, Knutsen RH, Ye L, Ciliberto CH, Broekelmann TJ, Mecham RP. Genetic modifiers of cardiovascular phenotype caused by elastin haploinsufficiency act by extrinsic noncomplementation. J Biol Chem. 2011;286(52):44926-36. doi:10.1074/jbc.M111.274779  PMCID:PMC3248007  PMID:22049077  
  18. Reis LM, Tyler RC, Schilter KF, Abdul-Rahman O, Innis JW, Kozel BA, Schneider AS, Bardakjian TM, Lose EJ, Martin DM, Broeckel U, Semina EV. BMP4 loss-of-function mutations in developmental eye disorders including SHORT syndrome. Hum Genet. 2011;130(4):495-504. doi:10.1007/s00439-011-0968-y  PMCID:PMC3178759  PMID:21340693  
  19. Shinawi M, Liu P, Kang SH, Shen J, Belmont JW, Scott DA, Probst FJ, Craigen WJ, Graham BH, Pursley A, Clark G, Lee J, Proud M, Stocco A, Rodriguez DL, Kozel BA, Sparagana S, Roeder ER, McGrew SG, Kurczynski TW, Allison LJ, Amato S, Savage S, Patel A, Stankiewicz P, Beaudet AL, Cheung SW, Lupski JR. Recurrent reciprocal 16p11.2 rearrangements associated with global developmental delay, behavioural problems, dysmorphism, epilepsy, and abnormal head size. J Med Genet. 2010;47(5):332-41. doi:10.1136/jmg.2009.073015  PMCID:PMC3158566  PMID:19914906  
  20. Toib A, Grange DK, Kozel BA, Ewald GA, White FV, Canter CE. Distinct clinical and histopathological presentations of Danon cardiomyopathy in young women. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010;55(4):408-10. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2009.11.019  PMID:20117447  
  21. Ware SM, El-Hassan N, Kahler SG, Zhang Q, Ma YW, Miller E, Wong B, Spicer RL, Craigen WJ, Kozel BA, Grange DK, Wong LJ. Infantile cardiomyopathy caused by a mutation in the overlapping region of mitochondrial ATPase 6 and 8 genes. J Med Genet. 2009;46(5):308-14. doi:10.1136/jmg.2008.063149  PMID:19188198  
  22. Czirok A, Zach J, Kozel BA, Mecham RP, Davis EC, Rongish BJ. Elastic fiber macro-assembly is a hierarchical, cell motion-mediated process. J Cell Physiol. 2006;207(1):97-106. doi:10.1002/jcp.20573  PMID:16331676  
  23. Kozel BA, Rongish BJ, Czirok A, Zach J, Little CD, Davis EC, Knutsen RH, Wagenseil JE, Levy MA, Mecham RP. Elastic fiber formation: a dynamic view of extracellular matrix assembly using timer reporters. J Cell Physiol. 2006;207(1):87-96. doi:10.1002/jcp.20546  PMID:16261592  
  24. Broekelmann TJ, Kozel BA, Ishibashi H, Werneck CC, Keeley FW, Zhang L, Mecham RP. Tropoelastin interacts with cell-surface glycosaminoglycans via its COOH-terminal domain. J Biol Chem. 2005;280(49):40939-47. doi:10.1074/jbc.M507309200  PMID:16192266  
  25. Kozel BA, Ciliberto CH, Mecham RP. Deposition of tropoelastin into the extracellular matrix requires a competent elastic fiber scaffold but not live cells. Matrix Biol. 2004;23(1):23-34. doi:10.1016/j.matbio.2004.02.004  PMID:15172035  
  26. Kozel BA, Wachi H, Davis EC, Mecham RP. Domains in tropoelastin that mediate elastin deposition in vitro and in vivo. J Biol Chem. 2003;278(20):18491-8. doi:10.1074/jbc.M212715200  PMID:12626514  
  27. Lanyi A, Li B, Li S, Talmadge CB, Brichacek B, Davis JR, Kozel BA, Trask B, van den Engh G, Uzvolgyi E, Stanbridge EJ, Nelson DL, Chinault C, Heslop H, Gross TG, Seemayer TA, Klein G, Purtilo DT, Sumegi J. A yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) contig encompassing the critical region of the X-linked lymphoproliferative disease (XLP) locus. Genomics. 1997;39(1):55-65. doi:10.1006/geno.1996.4466  PMID:9027486  
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