Biography

Dr. Hanners is an early career physician-scientist. As a pediatric resident, chief resident, pediatric infectious disease fellow, and now as a faculty member, Dr. Hanners developed and pursued her interest in encephalitis. She is interested in the pathophysiology and immune response to viral central nervous system (CNS) infections. Dr. Hanners’ research involves the investigation of interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs) for antiviral effects on neurotropic viruses including Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEEV), yellow fever (YFV), West Nile (WNV) and Zika (ZIKV) viruses. She has also pursued her interest in CNS infections by investigating the effects of Zika virus infection on neural progenitor cells.

Dr. Hanners is currently an Assistant Instructor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UT Southwestern. Her research career will focus on elucidating the molecular pathogenesis of Flavivirus CNS infections, as well as the innate immune response to such infections. She will also continue her clinical work in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and have a particular interest in patients with CNS infections.

Education

Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2009)
Residency
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2012), Pediatrics
Chief Resident
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2013), Pediatrics
Fellowship
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2016), Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Research Interest

    • Flavivirus infections, including Zika virus neurotropism
    • Neurovirology
    • Type I Interferon responses
    • Virus-host interactions

    Publications

    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Western Zika Virus in Human Fetal Neural Progenitors Persists Long Term with Partial Cytopathic and Limited Immunogenic Effects.
    Hanners NW, Eitson JL, Usui N, Richardson RB, Wexler EM, Konopka G, Schoggins JW Cell Rep 2016 Jun 15 11 2315-22
    A Persistently Fussy, Febrile Infant.
    Cantey JB, Hanners N, Mittal V Clinical pediatrics 2011 Feb

    Honors & Awards

    • Excellence in Research Award
      UT Southwestern and Children's Health Department of Pediatrics (2016)
    • W.W. Caruth Scholar Fellow Research Award
      (2015-2017)
    • Fellow of the Year Award, Pediatric Residency Program Award
      (2013-2014)
    • Provider of the Month Award
      Family-Centered Care Committee, Parkland Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (2010)
    • Southwestern Medical Foundation Competitive Scholar Award
      (2005-2009)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Infectious Disease Society of America