Texas A&M University (1984), Biochemistry
Graduate School
University of California UCLA (1986), Biochemistry
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1993), Molecular Biology

Research Interest

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular Signaling
  • Molecular Microbiology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Science Signaling Podcast for 16 May 2017: Vibrio rewires host cells.
De Nisco NJ, Orth K, VanHook AM Sci Signal 2017 May 10 479
Biochemical basis for activation of virulence genes by bile salts in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
Rivera-Cancel G, Orth K Gut Microbes 2017 Jan 1-8
Type VI Secretion System Toxins Horizontally Shared between Marine Bacteria.
Salomon D, Klimko JA, Trudgian DC, Kinch LN, Grishin NV, Mirzaei H, Orth K PLoS Pathog. 2015 Aug 11 8 e1005128
Subversion of the cytoskeleton by intracellular bacteria: lessons from Listeria, Salmonella and Vibrio.
de Souza Santos M, Orth K Cell. Microbiol. 2015 Feb 17 2 164-73
Vibrio effector protein VopQ inhibits fusion of V-ATPase-containing membranes.
Sreelatha A, Bennett TL, Carpinone EM, O'Brien KM, Jordan KD, Burdette DL, Orth K, Starai VJ Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2015 Jan 112 1 100-5

Honors & Awards

  • American Academy of Microbiology
    Fellow (2016)
  • HHMI
    Investigator (2015)
  • Earl A. Forsythe Chair in Biomedical Science
  • ASBMB Young Investigator Award
  • TAMEST; 2011 Edith & Peter O'Donnell Award in Science
  • The Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research
  • Burroughs Wellcome Investigator in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
  • Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award
  • W.W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research, UTSWMC