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William J. Steinbach, MD

Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Campus mail: Box 3499 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 681-1504
Email address: bill.steinbach@duke.edu

My overall clinical and research focus is to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of immunocompromised patients, specifically those with invasive fungal infections.  My research enterprise is divided between my laboratory focusing on the molecular pathogenesis of Aspergillus fumigatus and development of novel antifungal drugs and diagnostic assays, and numerous translational and clinical studies centered on several diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of invasive fungal infections.  

My laboratory (www.steinbachlab.org) work is very translational in nature by design – all of it is performed with the specific goal of directly improving our fundamental understanding of how and why Aspergillus fumigatus, a leading killer in patients with cancer or following transplantation, is so deadly and how to best prevent and treat it. Our laboratory uses molecular genetic tools to knock-out or mutate pathogenesis genes and proteins to analyze their function and role in disease, including various genomic, proteomic, and biochemical approaches. We also perform extensive in vitro and in vivo testing of antifungal compounds . Since we are focused on the pathogenesis, we utilize numerous different animal models specifically designed to mimic the immune system of a cancer patient or transplant recipient.

I am also the Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and my clinical research includes my founding and directing the International Pediatric Fungal Network (www.ipfn.org), a 55-site multinational NIH-funded consortium dedicated to the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of pediatric invasive fungal infections.  This Network is the largest of its kind in the world and is currently leading two global clinical studies that will allow us to generate the first ever pediatric-specific international guidelines for these diseases.

I am the co-founder and continuing co-chair of the past eight Advances Against Aspergillosis international conferences, the leading forum for this deadly disease and most recently at www.AAA2018.org.  I am the co-editor of the largest textbook in the field, Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillosis, and have co-edited eight other pediatric infectious diseases textbooks, including Feigin & Cherry's Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (nearly 4,000 pages), and the American Academy of Pediatrics Nelson's Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy textbook.

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, Duke University, 2001 - 2004
  • Resident, Pediatrics, Stanford University, 1998 - 2001
  • M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998

Selected Grants and Awards

Publications

Siberry, G. K., M. J. Abzug, S. Nachman, W. J. Steinbach, M. B. Kleiman, A. Gaur, P. Flynn, et al. “Executive summary: Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections in HIV-exposed and HIV-infected children: Recommendations from the national institutes of health, the centers for disease control and prevention, the HIV medicine association of the infectious diseases society of America, the pediatric infectious diseases society, and the American academy of pediatrics.” Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 2, no. 4 (December 1, 2013): 293–308. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpids/pit074.

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Muszkieta, L., W. J. Steinbach, and J. P. Latge. “Genetic, Genomic, and Molecular Approaches to Define Virulence of Aspergillus Fumigatus.” In Evolution of Virulence in Eukaryotic Microbes, 501–17, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118308165.ch27.

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Steinbach, William J. “Are we there yet? Recent progress in the molecular diagnosis and novel antifungal targeting of Aspergillus fumigatus and invasive aspergillosis..” Plos Pathog 9, no. 10 (October 2013). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1003642.

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Juvvadi, Praveen Rao, Detti Belina, Erik J. Soderblom, M Arthur Moseley, and William J. Steinbach. “Filamentous fungal-specific septin AspE is phosphorylated in vivo and interacts with actin, tubulin and other septins in the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus..” Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 431, no. 3 (February 2013): 547–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2013.01.020.

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Lamoth, Frédéric, Praveen R. Juvvadi, Christopher Gehrke, and William J. Steinbach. “In vitro activity of calcineurin and heat shock protein 90 Inhibitors against Aspergillus fumigatus azole- and echinocandin-resistant strains..” Antimicrob Agents Chemother 57, no. 2 (February 2013): 1035–39. https://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.01857-12.

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Juvvadi, Praveen R., Christopher Gehrke, Jarrod R. Fortwendel, Frédéric Lamoth, Erik J. Soderblom, Erik C. Cook, Michael A. Hast, et al. “Phosphorylation of Calcineurin at a novel serine-proline rich region orchestrates hyphal growth and virulence in Aspergillus fumigatus..” Plos Pathog 9, no. 8 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1003564.

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Lehrnbecher, Thomas, Robert Phillips, Sarah Alexander, Frank Alvaro, Fabianne Carlesse, Brian Fisher, Hana Hakim, et al. “Guideline for the management of fever and neutropenia in children with cancer and/or undergoing hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation..” J Clin Oncol 30, no. 35 (December 10, 2012): 4427–38. https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.2012.42.7161.

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Steinbach, William J., Emmanuel Roilides, David Berman, Jill A. Hoffman, Andreas H. Groll, Ibrahim Bin-Hussain, Debra L. Palazzi, et al. “Results from a prospective, international, epidemiologic study of invasive candidiasis in children and neonates..” Pediatr Infect Dis J 31, no. 12 (December 2012): 1252–57. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0b013e3182737427.

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Steinbach, William J., Kieren A. Marr, Elias J. Anaissie, Nkechi Azie, Shun-Ping Quan, Herwig-Ulf Meier-Kriesche, Senu Apewokin, and David L. Horn. “Clinical epidemiology of 960 patients with invasive aspergillosis from the PATH Alliance registry..” J Infect 65, no. 5 (November 2012): 453–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2012.08.003.

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Lamoth, Frédéric, Praveen R. Juvvadi, Jarrod R. Fortwendel, and William J. Steinbach. “Heat shock protein 90 is required for conidiation and cell wall integrity in Aspergillus fumigatus..” Eukaryot Cell 11, no. 11 (November 2012): 1324–32. https://doi.org/10.1128/EC.00032-12.

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