Jennifer R. Honda, PhD

Jennifer R. Honda
Instructor
Center for Genes, Environment & Health
Department of Biomedical Research
Jennifer R. Honda, PhD, is a researcher at National Jewish Health. Dr. Honda is in the Center of Genes, Environment & Health and Department of Biomedical Research.

Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Critical host-pathogen interactions in the context of NTM lung disease
  • Environmental, host, and NTM interaction studies in Hawai’i
  • Investigations of the NTM lung disease triad in the context of cystic fibrosis
  • Using clinical isolates from Hawai’i to understand Mycobacterium avium complex virulence

Special Interests

The overarching mission of the Honda Lab is to understand the biology of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease. NTM lung disease is an emerging public health threat of increasing importance globally. NTM are found in soil and water and not everyone who is exposed develops infection; thus, it is likely a variety of factors drive disease emergence. For unknown reasons, Hawai’i shows the highest numbers of NTM lung disease cases in the United States. Our team is actively studying the 1) environmental- 2) host– 3) microbial factors that contribute to NTM lung disease emergence in Hawai’i and in other Pacific Islands in order to better understand disease emergence in the United States and globally. Additionally, environmental and clinical NTM isolates from Hawai’i are used to explore the intra- and inter- NTM species differences that contribute to pathogenicity and host evasion. 

The Honda lab is supported by grants from the American Thoracic Society, National Science Foundation, and the Shoot for the Cure and Padosi Foundations.

Education

Education
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Aurora, CO, PhD, Microbiology
University of Hawai'i, Manoa; Honolulu, HI, M.S. Microbiology
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, B.S. Biology and Zoology

Awards & Recognition

2016: ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grant
2015: ASM Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Award      
2015: Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) CO-Pilot Award
2015: American Society for Microbiology Career Development Award for Postdoctoral Women (CDGPW)
Keystone Symposia/Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority 2013: Students (ABRCMS) Scholarship
2012, 2013: NRSA T32 NHLBI Postdoctoral Pulmonary Fellowship (5 T32 HL 7085-38)
2011: Tim Gill Endowment for AIDS Research Fellowship
2010: NRSA T32 NIAID Postdoctoral Fellowship, Colorado HIV-1 Research Training Program (T32-AI007447-19)
2008: Minority Trainee Research Forum Graduate Award Recipient
2007: American Society of Biological Sciences Diversity Scholar Award Recipient

Professional Memberships

American Thoracic Society, American Society for Microbiology

Publications

Honda, JR, Virdi, R. and ED. Chan. Global environmental nontuberculous mycobacteria and their contemporaneous man-made and natural niches. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2018. PMID: 30214436.

Adjemian J, Frankland TB, Daida YG, Honda JR, Olivier KN, Zelazny A, Honda S, Prevots DR. “Epidemiology of nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease and tuberculosis, Hawaii, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2017. PMID 28221128. 

Honda, J.R., Hasan, N.A., Davidson, R.M., Williams, M.D., Epperson, L.E., Reynolds, P.R., Smith, T., Iakhiaeva, E., Bankowski, M.J., Wallace, R.J., Chan, E.D., Falkinham, J. and M. Strong. “Environmental Nontuberculous Mycobacteria in the Hawaiian Islands.” PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2016. PMID 27780201. 

Abe, J., Alop-Mabuti, A., Burger, P., Button, J., Ellsberry, M., Hitzeman, J., Morgenstern, D., Nunies, K., Strother, M., Darling-Munson, J., Chan., Y.L., Cassady, R., Vasconcellos, S.M., Iseman, M.D., Chan, E.D. and J.R. Honda. “Comparing the temporal colonization and microbial diversity of showerhead biofilms in Hawai’i and Colorado.” FEMS Microbiology Letters, 2016. PMID 26764424.

Honda, JR., Hess, T., Malcolm, KC., Ovrutsky, AR., Bai, X. Irani, VR. Dobos, K.M., Chan, ED and SC Flores. Pathogenic nontuberculous mycobacteria resist and inactivate cathelicidin: implication of a novel role for polar mycobacterial lipids.” PLOS One, 2015 PMID: 25993058.

Academic Affiliations

University of Hawai'i, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Pharmacology

Website Information

Honda Laboratory

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  • National Jewish Health Main Campus
    1400 Jackson St.
    Denver, CO 80206

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