Nicole Gilbert, PhD

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Instructor in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Infectious Diseases

phone: (314) 454-6050


  • BS, Concordia University Nebraska2005
  • PhD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine2010


  • Postdoc, Washington University School of Medicine2011 - 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Most Outstanding Graduate in Biology and Chemistry2005
  • Saint Louis University Graduate Student Association Research Symposium, Biological Sciences Poster Competition – 2nd place2008
  • American Society of Microbiology, Missouri Branch Annual Meeting. Ph.D. Candidate Research Presentation Competition - 1st place2011
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease Conference Postdoc Poster Competition- 1st place2016

Recent Publications view all (22)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Gardnerella Exposures Alter Bladder Gene Expression and Augment Uropathogenic Escherichia coli Urinary Tract Infection in Mice. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2022;12:909799. PMCID:PMC9245024  PMID:35782131 
  2. Bladder Exposure to Gardnerella Activates Host Pathways Necessary for Escherichia coli Recurrent UTI Front Cell Infect Microbiol . . 2021. doi:10.3389/fcimb.2021.788229  PMCID:PMC8685330  PMID:34938672  
  3. A mouse model displays host and bacterial strain differences in Aerococcus urinae urinary tract infection Biol Open. 2021;10(8). doi:10.1242/bio.058931  PMID:34387311 
  4. Gardnerella vaginalis promotes group B Streptococcus vaginal colonization, enabling ascending uteroplacental infection in pregnant mice Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2021. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2020.11.032  PMID:33248136 
  5. Recurrent Escherichia coli Urinary Tract Infection Triggered by Gardnerella vaginalis Bladder Exposure in Mice Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2020. doi:10.3791/61967  
  6. Glycan cross-feeding supports mutualism between Fusobacterium and the vaginal microbiota PLoS Biol.. 2020. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000788  PMCID:PMC7447053  PMID:32841232 
  7. Aerococcus urinae Isolated from Women with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: In Vitro Aggregation and Genome Analysis. J Bacteriol. 2020;202(13). PMCID:PMC7283593  PMID:32284319 
  8. Gardnerella vaginalis as a Cause of Bacterial Vaginosis: Appraisal of the Evidence From in vivo Models. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2020;10:168. PMCID:PMC7193744  PMID:32391287 
  9. Roles of the vagina and the vaginal microbiota in urinary tract infection: evidence from clinical correlations and experimental models. GMS Infect Dis. 2020;8:Doc02. PMCID:PMC7186798  PMID:32373427 
  10. Gardnerella vaginalis and Prevotella bivia Trigger Distinct and Overlapping Phenotypes in a Mouse Model of Bacterial Vaginosis. J Infect Dis. 2019;220(7):1099-1108. PMCID:PMC6736442  PMID:30715405 
  11. Low-dose inoculation of Escherichia coli achieves robust vaginal colonization and results in ascending infection accompanied by severe uterine inflammation in mice. PLoS One. 2019;14(7):e0219941. PMCID:PMC6645506  PMID:31329630 
  12. Covert pathogenesis: Transient exposures to microbes as triggers of disease. PLoS Pathog. 2019;15(3):e1007586. PMCID:PMC6438445  PMID:30921443 
  13. Relationship between nugent score and vaginal epithelial exfoliation. PLoS One. 2017;12(5):e0177797. PMCID:PMC5451030  PMID:28562623 
  14. Transient microbiota exposures activate dormant Escherichia coli infection in the bladder and drive severe outcomes of recurrent disease. PLoS Pathog. 2017;13(3):e1006238. PMCID:PMC5373645  PMID:28358889 
  15. Host-like carbohydrates promote bloodstream survival of Vibrio vulnificus in vivo. Infect Immun. 2015;83(8):3126-36. PMCID:PMC4496609  PMID:26015477 
  16. Impact of host age and parity on susceptibility to severe urinary tract infection in a murine model. PLoS One. 2014;9(5):e97798. PMCID:PMC4024022  PMID:24835885 
  17. Urinary tract infection as a preventable cause of pregnancy complications: opportunities, challenges, and a global call to action. Glob Adv Health Med. 2013;2(5):59-69. PMCID:PMC3833562  PMID:24416696 
  18. Degradation, foraging, and depletion of mucus sialoglycans by the vagina-adapted Actinobacterium Gardnerella vaginalis. J Biol Chem. 2013;288(17):12067-79. PMCID:PMC3636892  PMID:23479734 
  19. Clinical features of bacterial vaginosis in a murine model of vaginal infection with Gardnerella vaginalis. PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e59539. PMCID:PMC3602284  PMID:23527214 
  20. Immune modulation by group B Streptococcus influences host susceptibility to urinary tract infection by uropathogenic Escherichia coli. Infect Immun. 2012;80(12):4186-94. PMCID:PMC3497425  PMID:22988014 
  21. A glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor is required for membrane localization but dispensable for cell wall association of chitin deacetylase 2 in Cryptococcus neoformans. mBio. 2012;3(1). PMCID:PMC3280450  PMID:22354955 
  22. KRE genes are required for beta-1,6-glucan synthesis, maintenance of capsule architecture and cell wall protein anchoring in Cryptococcus neoformans. Mol Microbiol. 2010;76(2):517-34. PMCID:PMC2969852  PMID:20384682 
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