Joanna M. Kettlewell

 

Laboratory pictureDepartment of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine,
University of Hawaii at Manoa
651 Ilalo Street,
Bioscience Building 320
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Email: jmkettle@hawaii.edu

Education
Virginia Commonwealth University, 2009-2013, B.S. – Biology
University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015 to present, Ph.D. Candidate – Tropical Medicine

Personal Statement
Prior to enrolling in the Department of Tropical Medicine, I gained experience working as a scientist in a state public health laboratory, The Division of Consolidated Services (DCLS) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a scientist at DCLS, I was part of the FDA Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) and participated in food and drink surveillance testing as well as collaborating on a project to test the effectiveness of a new method to isolate non-O157 Shiga-Toxin Producing E. coli (STEC) from meat products, carcass, and environmental sponges. As a scientist in the Enteric Clinical and Reference portion of the laboratory, I aided in the accessioning and biochemical testing of stool, urine, blood, or other bodily fluid samples from hospitals and health departments within the Commonwealth of Virginia. My decision to pursue a doctorate degree in the Department of Tropical Medicine was in-part from my desire to gain more knowledge in the field of microbiology as it relates to disease as well as pursue clinically-based research that would build experience studying HIV-1 integrase as an undergraduate student.

Experience
Academic Positions
August 2015-present: Graduate Assistant, Department of Tropical Medicine, Principal Investigator: Bruce Shiramizu, MD, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Honolulu, HI

May 2013-March 2014: Evaluation of Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG) 5B.04 Detection and Isolation of non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) from Meat Products and Carcass and Environmental Sponges, Principal Investigator: Angela Fritzinger, Ph.D., Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond VA

August 2012-May 2013 B.Sc Honors Thesis Research, Research Focus: Characterization of HIV-1 Integrase Reactions with Viral DNA, Principal Investigator: Allison A. Johnson, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA

May 2012-August 2012 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Research Focus: Characterization of HIV-1 Integrase Reactions with Viral DNA

Other Professional Positions
May 2014-July 2015: Scientist I – Enteric Clinical & Reference Laboratory, Caliper, Inc., Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

May 2013-May 2014: Scientist I – Food Microbiology,  Caliper, Inc., Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Interests and Hobbies
In regards to community engagement, I have personal and professional experience with elderly living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and I gain much joy from interacting with them as well as supporting institutions directed at research or providing support for patients and their families. I also delight in reaching out in any way possible to support those whom my research could ultimately impact: the HIV-positive community. Hobbies include spending time exploring the outdoors, whether it be venturing on a new hike, or pushing myself to learn a new skill such as surfing. I like to de-stress by going on morning or evening runs, going to my crossfit gym, or going for a dip in the ocean.

Publications & Presentations
April 30th 2016: American Society for Microbiology Hawaii Branch Spring Meeting. John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, Title: “CCR5-inhibitor combined with PrEP to potentially reduce HIV-infected monocyte trafficking across the blood brain barrier.” Kettlewell JM, Oda R, Nakamura C, Shiramizu B.

June 12th, 2011: Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance Third Annual Symposium. Janielia Farm Research Campus. Asburn, VA. Title: “Phage Discovery Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University.” Kettlewell JM, Johnson AA, Padolina A.

May 8th, 2013: Research and Thesis BIOL495. Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, Title: “Characterization of HIV-1 Integrase Reactions with Viral DNA. Kettlewell JM, Johnson AA, Yadavalli VK.”

April 25th, 2012: VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, Title: “Characterization of HIV-1 Integrase Reactions with Viral DNA.” Kettlewell JM, Johnson AA, Yadavalli VK