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Lisa Bebell, M.D.


I am a cross-disciplinary researcher trained in infectious diseases and critical care medicine. My current research focuses on pregnancy-related infections and their effects on child health outcomes. Currently, I am studying differences in placental structure, function, and transplacental antibody transfer by maternal HIV serostatus; microbiology of maternal and neonatal sepsis; and associations between antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance in resource-limited settings. I partner with obstetricians, pediatricians, immunologists, computational biologists, and biostatisticians to carry out multidisciplinary research on these topics in Uganda. Broadly, I am interested in understanding how maternal infections affect health outcomes in their offspring in resource-limited settings.

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  1. Bebell LM, Siedner MJ, Ngonzi J, Le MH, Adong J, Boatin AA, Bassett IV, Roberts DJ. Brief Report: Chronic Placental Inflammation Among Women Living With HIV in Uganda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 Nov 01; 85(3):320-324. PMID: 33060419.
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  2. Paulson JN, Williams BL, Hehnly C, Mishra N, Sinnar SA, Zhang L, Ssentongo P, Mbabazi-Kabachelor E, Wijetunge DSS, von Bredow B, Mulondo R, Kiwanuka J, Bajunirwe F, Bazira J, Bebell LM, Burgoine K, Couto-Rodriguez M, Ericson JE, Erickson T, Ferrari M, Gladstone M, Guo C, Haran M, Hornig M, Isaacs AM, Kaaya BN, Kangere SM, Kulkarni AV, Kumbakumba E, Li X, Limbrick DD, Magombe J, Morton SU, Mugamba J, Ng J, Olupot-Olupot P, Onen J, Peterson MR, Roy F, Sheldon K, Townsend R, Weeks AD, Whalen AJ, Quackenbush J, Ssenyonga P, Galperin MY, Almeida M, Atkins H, Warf BC, Lipkin WI, Broach JR, Schiff SJ. Paenibacillus infection with frequent viral coinfection contributes to postinfectious hydrocephalus in Ugandan infants. Sci Transl Med. 2020 Sep 30; 12(563). PMID: 32998967.
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  3. Sutherland T, Mpirimbanyi C, Nziyomaze E, Niyomugabo JP, Niyonsenga Z, Muvunyi CM, Mueller A, Bebell LM, Nkubana T, Musoni E, Talmor D, Rickard J, Riviello ED. Widespread antimicrobial resistance among bacterial infections in a Rwandan referral hospital. PLoS One. 2019; 14(8):e0221121. PMID: 31443107.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  4. Ayebare A, Bebell LM, Bazira J, Ttendo S, Katawera V, Bangsberg DR, Siedner MJ, Firth PG, Boum Ii Y. Comparative assessment of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus diagnostic assays for use in resource-limited settings. BMC Microbiol. 2019 08 22; 19(1):194. PMID: 31438852.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  5. Ngonzi J, Bebell LM, Bazira J, Fajardo Y, Nyehangane D, Boum Y, Nanjebe D, Boatin A, Kabakyenga J, Jacquemyn Y, Van Geertruyden JP, Riley LE. Risk Factors for Vaginal Colonization and Relationship between Bacterial Vaginal Colonization and In-Hospital Outcomes in Women with Obstructed Labor in a Ugandan Regional Referral Hospital. Int J Microbiol. 2018; 2018:6579139. PMID: 30327672.
    Citations: 1     
  6. Ngonzi J, Bebell LM, Fajardo Y, Boatin AA, Siedner MJ, Bassett IV, Jacquemyn Y, Van Geertruyden JP, Kabakyenga J, Wylie BJ, Bangsberg DR, Riley LE. Incidence of postpartum infection, outcomes and associated risk factors at Mbarara regional referral hospital in Uganda. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018 Jun 28; 18(1):270. PMID: 29954356.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Lai PS, Bebell LM, Meney C, Valeri L, White MC. Epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant wound infections from six countries in Africa. BMJ Glob Health. 2017; 2(Suppl 4):e000475. PMID: 29588863.
    Citations: 5     
  8. Bebell LM, Ngonzi J, Siedner MJ, Muyindike WR, Bwana BM, Riley LE, Boum Y, Bangsberg DR, Bassett IV. HIV Infection and risk of postpartum infection, complications and mortality in rural Uganda. AIDS Care. 2018 08; 30(8):943-953. PMID: 29451005.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Henwood PC, Bebell LM, Roshania R, Wolfman V, Mallow M, Kalyanpur A, Levine AC. Ebola Virus Disease and Pregnancy: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Patients Managed at 5 Ebola Treatment Units in West Africa. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jul 15; 65(2):292-299. PMID: 28379374.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  10. Bebell LM, Ngonzi J, Bazira J, Fajardo Y, Boatin AA, Siedner MJ, Bassett IV, Nyehangane D, Nanjebe D, Jacquemyn Y, van Geertruyden JP, Mwanga-Amumpaire J, Bangsberg DR, Riley LE, Boum Y. Antimicrobial-resistant infections among postpartum women at a Ugandan referral hospital. PLoS One. 2017; 12(4):e0175456. PMID: 28406949.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  11. Bebell LM, Oduyebo T, Riley LE. Ebola virus disease and pregnancy: A review of the current knowledge of Ebola virus pathogenesis, maternal, and neonatal outcomes. Birth Defects Res. 2017 Mar 15; 109(5):353-362. PMID: 28398679.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  12. Bebell LM, Ayebare A, Boum Y, Siedner MJ, Bazira J, Schiff SJ, Metlay JP, Bangsberg DR, Ttendo S, Firth PG. Prevalence and correlates of MRSA and MSSA nasal carriage at a Ugandan regional referral hospital. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2017 03 01; 72(3):888-892. PMID: 27999030.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  13. Bebell LM. Cough It Up: A Health Care Paradox. JAMA. 2016 Oct 11; 316(14):1449-1450. PMID: 27727387.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Bebell LM, Siedner MJ, Musinguzi N, Boum Y, Bwana BM, Muyindike W, Hunt PW, Martin JN, Bangsberg DR. Trends in one-year cumulative incidence of death between 2005 and 2013 among patients initiating antiretroviral therapy in Uganda. Int J STD AIDS. 2017 07; 28(8):800-807. PMID: 27651351.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Ampaire L, Muhindo A, Orikiriza P, Mwanga-Amumpaire J, Bebell L, Boum Y. A review of antimicrobial resistance in East Africa. Afr J Lab Med. 2016; 5(1):432. PMID: 28879114.
    Citations: 9     
  16. Bebell LM, Riley LE. Ebola virus disease and Marburg disease in pregnancy: a review and management considerations for filovirus infection. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jun; 125(6):1293-8. PMID: 26000499.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  17. Bebell LM, Muiru AN. Antibiotic use and emerging resistance: how can resource-limited countries turn the tide? Glob Heart. 2014 Sep; 9(3):347-58. PMID: 25667187.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  18. Roberts L, Passmore JA, Mlisana K, Williamson C, Little F, Bebell LM, Walzl G, Abrahams MR, Woodman Z, Abdool Karim Q, Abdool Karim SS. Genital tract inflammation during early HIV-1 infection predicts higher plasma viral load set point in women. J Infect Dis. 2012 Jan 15; 205(2):194-203. PMID: 22190580.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  19. Bebell LM, Pilcher CD, Dorsey G, Havlir D, Kamya MR, Busch MP, Dunn Williams J, Nugent CT, Bentsen C, Rosenthal PJ, Charlebois ED. Acute HIV-1 infection is highly prevalent in Ugandan adults with suspected malaria. AIDS. 2010 Jul 31; 24(12):1945-52. PMID: 20543656.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  20. Roberts L, Passmore JA, Williamson C, Little F, Bebell LM, Mlisana K, Burgers WA, van Loggerenberg F, Walzl G, Djoba Siawaya JF, Karim QA, Karim SS. Plasma cytokine levels during acute HIV-1 infection predict HIV disease progression. AIDS. 2010 Mar 27; 24(6):819-31. PMID: 20224308.
    Citations: 85     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  21. Bebell LM, Passmore JA, Williamson C, Mlisana K, Iriogbe I, van Loggerenberg F, Karim QA, Karim SA. Relationship between levels of inflammatory cytokines in the genital tract and CD4+ cell counts in women with acute HIV-1 infection. J Infect Dis. 2008 Sep 01; 198(5):710-4. PMID: 18643751.
    Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  22. Hopkins H, Bebell L, Kambale W, Dokomajilar C, Rosenthal PJ, Dorsey G. Rapid diagnostic tests for malaria at sites of varying transmission intensity in Uganda. J Infect Dis. 2008 Feb 15; 197(4):510-8. PMID: 18240951.
    Citations: 87     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  23. Bebell LM, Gasasira A, Kiggundu M, Dokomajilar C, Kamya MR, Charlebois ED, Havlir D, Rosenthal PJ, Dorsey G. HIV-1 infection in patients referred for malaria blood smears at government health clinics in Uganda. . 2007 Dec 15; 46(5):624-30. PMID: 18043317.
    Citations: 1     Translation:HumansCells
  24. Mills NS, Tirla C, Benish MA, Rakowitz AJ, Bebell LM, Hurd CM, Bria AL. Dications of fluorenylidenes. The relationship between redox potentials and antiaromaticity for meta- and para-substituted diphenylmethylidenefluorenes. J Org Chem. 2005 Dec 23; 70(26):10709-16. PMID: 16355989.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  25. Woods RG, Roper KE, Gauthier M, Bebell LM, Sung K, Degnan BM, Lavin MF. Gene expression during early ascidian metamorphosis requires signalling by Hemps, an EGF-like protein. Development. 2004 Jun; 131(12):2921-33. PMID: 15169757.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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