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Kelly Henrickson, MD

Kelly J. Henrickson, MD

Professor, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and Microbiology & Immunology; Director, Midwest Respiratory Virus Program

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General Interests

Negative strand respiratory virus molecular epidemiology and natural history


MD, University of Washington, Seattle, 1984

MCW Program / Core Facilities

  • Director of the Midwest Respiratory Virus Program (MRVP)

Research Interests

I have been interested in molecular evolution, antigenic variation of surface glycoprotein’s, epidemiology and natural history of parainfluenza and influenza viruses and the development of rapid molecular diagnostic assays. My most recent awards from the NIAID include working on advances in molecular diagnostics for influenza subtyping (including avian and swine) (2006-2011), bioterrorism agents (2003-2012), and working on multiplex point of care diagnostic assays for community acquired respiratory viruses (2008-2014). Other funded research grants and contracts include a BARDA contract for evaluating influenza diagnostic assays (2010-2015) and the development of molecular diagnostic assays for community acquired pneumonia and sepsis including influenza virus type A and B. In addition my most recent work includes close collaborations with the NIH to describe the epidemiology and evolution of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus and extending the knowledge base for paramyxovirus genomic data (1st author on NIAID white paper-2010). My laboratory has developed more than a dozen multiplex molecular diagnostic assays to bioterrorism agents, viruses and respiratory pathogens.


Figure 1. Respiratory virus epidemiology in Southeast Wisconsin