Vice Chair for Teaching and Undergraduate Affairs

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Department of Microbiology
Lab: 412 Biological Sciences Building
Office: 476 Biological Sciences Building
484 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-3256
Fax: 614-292-8120

Kwiek Lab Website

Research focus

Dr. Kwiek is molecular pharmacologist and virologist whose PhD focused on the mechanism of action of antimalarial therapeutics. During his post-doctoral fellowship, he studied retrovirology and molecular epidemiology. His independent research program uses the tools of molecular virology, evolutionary biology, and molecular pharmacology to understand HIV-1 replication and pathogenesis. Specifically, he has combined molecular virology and epidemiology to determine the contribution of maternal-fetal blood admixture and syphilis co-infection to in utero and intrapartum HIV transmission; used single genome amplification to isolate HIV-1c from blood and placenta to identify regions of HIV-1 envelope and LTR associated with HIV-1 transmission and replication; defined the HIV-1 reactivation properties of a novel HDAC inhibitor (AR-42); discovered a novel fatty acid synthase inhibitor which has both anti-cancer (Alwarawrah et al.) and anti-HIV (submitted) activity; characterized human breast milk purchased on the internet. 


Post-Doctoral Training: Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002-2007
PhD: University of Virginia, 2003
BS: University of Rochester, 1995

Key Publications

Turner, A.N., Maierhofer, C., Funderburg, N.T., Snyder, B., Small, K., Clark, J., Bazan, J.A., Kwiek, N.C.,Kwiek, J.J. “High levels of self-reported prescription opioid use by HIV-positive individuals.” AIDS Care, June 2016. Dec;28(12):1559-1565. PMID: 27320493

Alwarawrah, Y., Hughes, P., Loiselle, D., Carlson, D.A., Darr, D.B., Jordan, J.L., Xiong, J., Hunter, L.M., Dubois, L.G., Thompson, J.W., Kulkarni, M.M, Ratcliff, A.N, Kwiek, J.J.†, Haystead, T.A.† “Fasnall, a selective FASN inhibitor shows potent anti-tumor activity in the MMTV Neu model of HER2+ breast cancer.” † = Co-corresponding authors. Cell Chemical Biology, May 2016; 23:678-688. PMID: 27265747
35. Keim, S.A., McNamara, K.A., Kwiek, J.J., Geraghty, S. R. “Drugs of abuse in human milk purchased via the Internet” Breastfeeding Medicine, 2015, Breastfeed Med. 2015 Nov; 10(9):416-8. PMID: 26460596

Geraghty, S.R., McNamara, K.A., Kwiek, J.J., Rogers, L, Klebanoff, M.A., Augustine, M., Keim, S.A. “Tobacco metabolites and caffeine in human milk purchased via the Internet.” Breastfeeding Medicine, 2015, Breastfeed Med. 2015 Nov; 10(9):419-24. PMID: 26394021

Mates, J.M.; de Silva, S, Lustberg, M, Van Deusen, K, Baiocchi, R.A. Wu, L. (co-senior author), Kwiek, J.J.(co-senior author). “A Novel Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor, AR-42, 1 Reactivates HIV-1 from Chronically and Latently Infected CD4+ T-Cells. Retrovirology (Auckl). 2015; 7:1-5. Epub 2015 Oct 15. PMID: 26855567

Keim, S.A., Kulkarni, M., Billock, R.M., Hogan, J.S., McNamara, K.A., Dillon, C.E., Geraghty, S. R., Kwiek, J.J. “Cow’s Milk Contamination of Human Milk Purchased Via the Internet.” Pediatrics, 2015, May135(5):e1157-62. PMID: 25847797

Mates, J.M., Kumar, S.B., Bazan, J., Voronkin, I., Handelman, S.K., Janies, D.J., Kwiek, J.J. “Genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneity in the U3R region of HIV-1 subtype C.” AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses,2014 Jan.;30(1):102-12. PMID: 23826737

Norris Turner, A., Tabbah, S., Mwapasa, V., Rogerson, S.J., Meshnick, S.R., Ackerman, W.E. IV, Kwiek, J.J.Severity of maternal HIV-1 disease is associated with adverse birth outcomes in Malawian women: a cohort study. JAIDS, 2013, Dec; 64(4):392-9. PMID: 23846560

Keim, S.A., Hogan, J.S., McNamara, K.A., Gudimetla, V, Dillon, C.E., Kwiek, J.J., Geraghty, S.R. “Microbial Contamination of Human Milk Purchased Via the Internet.” Pediatrics, 2013 Nov; 132(5):e1227-35. PMID: 24144714

Geraghty, S.R., McNamara, K.A., Dillon, C.E., Hogan, J.S., Kwiek, J.J., Keim, S.A. “Buying Human Milk Via the Internet: Just a Click Away.” Breastfeeding Medicine, 2013 Dec.; 8(6):474-8. PMID: 23971685

Ackerman, WE 4th, Kwiek, J.J. "Role of the placenta in adverse perinatal outcomes among HIV-1 seropositive women." J Nippon Med Sch, 2013 80: 90-94. (Review) PMID: 23657060

Fouda, G.G., Mahlokozera, T., Salazar-Gonzalez, J., Salazar, M., Learn, G., Barotra, S., Sekaran, M., Russell, E.S., Rizzolo, K., Jaeger, F., Cai, F., Gao, F., Hahn, B., Swanstrom, R.I., Meshnick, S.R., Mwapasa, V., Kalilani, L., Fiscus, S.A., Montefiori, D., Haynes, B., Kwiek, J.J., Alam, M., Permar, S.M. “Postnatally-transmitted HIV-1 Envelope variants are efficient at dendritic cell trans-infection and are sensitive to neutralization by autologous and broadly-neutralizing antibodies.” Retrovirology, 2013 Jan; 10(3). PMID: 23305422

Kumar, S.B., Rice, C., E., Milner, D.A. Jr., Ramirez, N.C., Ackerman, W.E. IV, Mwapasa, V. l Norris Turner. A., Kwiek, J.J. “Elevated Cytokine and Chemokine Levels in the Placenta Are Associated With in utero HIV-1 Mother-To-Child Transmission.” AIDS, 2012 Mar; 26(6):685-94. PMID: 22301415

Russell ES, Kwiek J.J., Keys J, Barton K, Montefiori, D., Mwapasa V, Meshnick S, and Swanstrom R. “The Genetic Bottleneck in Vertical Transmission of Subtype C HIV-1 Is Not Driven by Selection of Especially Neutralization Resistant Virus from the Maternal Viral Population.” J Virol. 2011 Aug;85(16):8253-62. PMID: 21593171

Kumar, S.B, Handelman, S.K., Voronkin, I., Mwapasa, V., Janies, D., Rogerson, S.J., Meshnick, S.R., andKwiek, J.J. “Different Regions of HIV-1 Subtype C env are Associated with Placental Localization and In Utero Mother-to-Child Transmission.” J Virol. 2011 Jul;85(14):7142-52. PMID: 21543508

Garnsey, M.R., Matous, J.A., Kwiek, J.J., Coltart, D.M. “Asymmetric Total Synthesis of (+)- and (–)-Clusianone and (+)- and (–)- Clusianone Methyl Enol Ether via ACC Alkylation and Evaluation of their Anti- HIV Activity.” Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2011, 21(8):2406-9. PMID: 21414776

Mwapasa, V., Cachafeiro, A., Makhuta, Y., Beckstead, D.J., Pennell, M.L., Chilima, B., Mwagomba, B., Fiscus, S.A., Kwiek, J.J. “Using a Simplified Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type I p24 Antigen Assay to Diagnose Pediatric HIV-Infections in Malawi.” Journal of Clinical Virology, 2010, 49, 299-302. PMID: 20855231

Gay, C.L., Mwapasa, V., Murdoch, D.M., Kwiek, J.J., Fiscus, S.A., Meshnick, S.R., Cohen, M.S. “Acute HIV Infection among Pregnant Women in Malawi.” Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 2010,66(4):356-60. PMID: 20226326

Kwiek, J.J., Mwapasa, V., Mule, A.S., Misiri, H., Alker, A.P., Molyneux, M.E., Rogerson, S.J., Meshnick, S.R.HIV and Syphilis Infections Among Pregnant Women in Blantyre, Malawi. Malawi Medical Journal, 2008, 3: 80-85. PMID: 19537404

Kwiek, J.J., Arney, L.A., Pederson, B., Hararwa, V., Mwapasa, V., and Meshnick, S.R. “Detection of Placental Microtransfusions during HIV-1 Mother-to-Child Transmission. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2008,197(10):1378-81. PMID:18444794

Kwiek, J.J., Russell, E.S., Dang, K.K., Burch, C.L., Meshnick, S. R, Mwapasa, V., Swanstrom, R. The Molecular Epidemiology of HIV-1 Envelope Diversity During HIV-1 Subtype C Vertical Transmission in Malawian Mother-Infant Pairs. AIDS 2008, 22:863-71. PMID: 18427205

Kwiek, J.J., Alker, A.P. (co-first author), Kalilani, L., Wenink, E.C., Chaponda, M., E., Meshnick, S. R. Estimating True Antimalarial Efficacy by Heteroduplex Tracking Assay in Patients with Complex Plasmodium falciparum Infections. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2007, 51(2):521-7. PMID: 17116685

Mwapasa, V., Rogerson, S.J., Kwiek, J.J., Molyneux, M.E., Kamwendo, D.D., Tadesse, E., Chaluluka, E., Wilson, P.E., Meshnick, S.R. Is Maternal Syphilis Infection a Risk Factor for HIV Mother-to-Child Transmission? AIDS 2006, 20:1869-77. PMID: 16954728

Kwiek J.J., Mwapasa V., Milner, D., Alker, A., Miller, W., Ou, C.Y., Tadesse, E., Molyneux, M.E., Rogerson, S.J., Meshnick, S.R. Maternal-fetal Microtransfusions and HIV-1 Mother-to-Child Transmission in Malawi.PLoS-Medicine 2006, 3(1):e10. PMID: 16287342

Kwiek J.J., Haystead, T.A., Rudolf, J. The Kinetic Mechanism of Quinone-Oxidoreductase 2 and its Inhibition by the Anti-Malarial Quinolines. Biochemistry 2004, 43 (15): 4538-4547. PMID: 15078100

Graves P.R., Kwiek J.J. (co-first author), Fadden P., Ray, R., Hardeman, K., Coley, A. M., Foley, M., Haystead, T. A. Discovery of Novel Targets of Quinoline Drugs in the Human Purine Binding Proteome.Molecular Pharmacology 2002, 62:1364-1372. PMID: 12435804

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