Britta Swanson received her doctoral degree in Medical Microbiology from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. After completing her degree, Dr. Swanson worked at Brooke Army Medical Center Institute of Surgical Research and then as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, in the Department of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Swanson has spent the last six years working in academia. At San Francisco State University, Dr. Swanson taught microbiology to both undergraduate and graduate students and developed an independent research lab. She was successful in obtaining funding from the National Institute of Health for her research in Pseudomonas aeruginosa type III secretion regulatory mechanisms.
Dr. Swanson moved with her husband, Kyle E. Swanson, MD, to Savannah, GA, where he spent three years of active military duty as an orthopedic surgeon. Britta worked at Armstrong Atlantic State University during this time teaching microbiology, cell biology and general biology.
Currently, the Swansons reside in Lake Tahoe, NV, where they enjoy the many outdoor activities that the area has to offer. Dr. Swanson is employed as the research coordinator for the Barton Lake Tahoe Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and is looking forward to working with the fellows and faculty on their research interests.
Swanson, B.L., R.H. Savel, F. Szoka, T. Sawa and J.P. Wiener-Kronish. 2003. Development of a high throughput Pseudomonas aeruginosa epilthelial cell adhesion assay. J Microbiol Methods.52:361-366.
Shime, N., T. Sawa, J. Fujimoto, K. Faure, L.R. Allmond, T. Karaca, B.L. Swanson, E.G. Spack, J.P. Wiener-Kronish. 2001. Therapeutic administration of anti-PcrV F(ab')2 in sepsis associated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J Immunol. 167(10):5880-6.
Roy-Burman, A., R.H. Savel, S. Racine, B.L. Swanson, N.S. Revadigar, J. Fujimoto, T. Sawa, D.W. Frank and J.P. Wiener-Kronish. 2001. Type III protein secretion is associated with death in lower respiratory and systemic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. J. Infect. Dis. 183(12):1767-74.
Swanson, B.L., U. Ochsner, P. Phibbs, and A.N. Hamood. 2000. Isolation of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa operon that is regulated by 2-ketogluconate through the ptxS gene. Mol Microbiol. 37(3):561-573.
Swanson, B.L. and A.N. Hamood. 2000. Autoregulation of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa protein, PtxS, occurs through a specific operator site within the ptxS upstream region. J Bacteriol. 182(15):4366-4371.
Swanson, B.L., J.A. Colmer, and A.N. Hamood. 1999. The Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A regulatory gene, ptxS: Evidence for negative autoregulation. J Bacteriol. 181(16):4890-4895.