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Biography

Dr. Feeney is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health at UCSF. She is the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded projects focused on the immune response to malaria and HIV among infants and children. Dr. Feeney is board certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and provides clinical care for children with complex infections at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, where she also teaches students and housestaff. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine) where her laboratory is based. She is active in mentoring programs for medical students, residents, and junior faculty, and is the recipient of an NIH K24 Mentoring Award entitled “Mentoring Translational Researchers for Careers in Pediatric Global Health”.

Dr. Feeney’s research interests encompass the host response to infection and age-based differences in the immune response. From 2002-09, while on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, her laboratory conducted key studies of the infant antiviral immune response following mother-to-child transmission of HIV, in collaboration with pediatric clinicians South Africa and Jamaica. More recently, her lab has focused on understanding natural immunity to malaria, identifying correlates of protective antimalarial immunity to guide vaccine design, and investigating the impact of in utero antigen exposure on the fetal immune response to malaria and other perinatal pathogens. Dr. Feeney was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2016 and has received several research awards including the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award from the Pediatric AIDS Foundation (2006) and the William F. Friedman Pediatric Research Award (2011). She currently holds the Edward B. Shaw Chair in Pediatrics.

Education and Training

M.Sc. in Clinical Investigation, 2002 , Harvard Medical School
Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 1999-02 , Boston Children's Hospital
Residency in Pediatrics, 1996-99 , UCSF
M.D., 1996 , University of Pennsylvania
B.A., 1992 , Dartmouth College

Publications

Jagannathan P, Lutwama F, Boyle MJ, Nankya F, Farrington LA, McIntyre TI, Bowen K, Naluwu K, Nalubega M, Musinguzi K, Sikyomu E, Budker R, Katureebe A, Rek J, Greenhouse B, Dorsey G, Kamya MR, Feeney ME. Vd2+ T cell response to malaria correlates with protection from infection but is attenuated with repeated exposure. Sci Rep. 2017 Sep 13; 7(1):11487.
Prahl M, Jagannathan P, McIntyre TI, Auma A, Wamala S, Nalubega M, Musinguzi K, Naluwu K, Sikyoma E, Budker R, Odorizzi P, Kakuru A, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. Sex Disparity in Cord Blood FoxP3+ CD4 T Regulatory Cells in Infants Exposed to Malaria In Utero. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017; 4(1):ofx022.
Prahl M, Jagannathan P, McIntyre TI, Auma A, Farrington L, Wamala S, Nalubega M, Musinguzi K, Naluwu K, Sikyoma E, Budker R, Vance H, Odorizzi P, Nayebare P, Ategeka J, Kakuru A, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. Timing of in utero malaria exposure influences fetal CD4 T cell regulatory versus effector differentiation. Malar J. 2016 Oct 07; 15(1):497.
Odorizzi PM, Feeney ME. Impact of In Utero Exposure to Malaria on Fetal T Cell Immunity. Trends Mol Med. 2016 Oct; 22(10):877-888.
Fontana MF, Baccarella A, Craft JF, Boyle MJ, McIntyre TI, Wood MD, Thorn KS, Anidi C, Bayat A, Chung MR, Hamburger R, Kim CY, Pearman E, Pham J, Tang JJ, Boon L, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME, Kim CC. A Novel Model of Asymptomatic Plasmodium Parasitemia That Recapitulates Elements of the Human Immune Response to Chronic Infection. PLoS One. 2016; 11(9):e0162132.
Jagannathan P, Bowen K, Nankya F, McIntyre TI, Auma A, Wamala S, Sikyomu E, Naluwu K, Nalubega M, Boyle MJ, Farrington LA, Bigira V, Kapisi J, Aweeka F, Greenhouse B, Kamya M, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. Effective Antimalarial Chemoprevention in Childhood Enhances the Quality of CD4+ T Cells and Limits Their Production of Immunoregulatory Interleukin 10. J Infect Dis. 2016 Jul 15; 214(2):329-38.
Sullivan RT, Ssewanyana I, Wamala S, Nankya F, Jagannathan P, Tappero JW, Mayanja-Kizza H, Muhindo MK, Arinaitwe E, Kamya M, Dorsey G, Feeney ME, Riley EM, Drakeley CJ, Greenhouse B. Erratum to: B cell sub-types following acute malaria and associations with clinical immunity. Malar J. 2016 Mar 31; 15:188.
Kakuru A, Jagannathan P, Muhindo MK, Natureeba P, Awori P, Nakalembe M, Opira B, Olwoch P, Ategeka J, Nayebare P, Clark TD, Feeney ME, Charlebois ED, Rizzuto G, Muehlenbachs A, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine for the Prevention of Malaria in Pregnancy. N Engl J Med. 2016 Mar 10; 374(10):928-39.
Sullivan RT, Ssewanyana I, Wamala S, Nankya F, Jagannathan P, Tappero JW, Mayanja-Kizza H, Muhindo MK, Arinaitwe E, Kamya M, Dorsey G, Feeney ME, Riley EM, Drakeley CJ, Greenhouse B, Sullivan R. B cell sub-types following acute malaria and associations with clinical immunity. Malar J. 2016 Mar 03; 15:139.
Farrington LA, Jagannathan P, McIntyre TI, Vance HM, Bowen K, Boyle MJ, Nankya F, Wamala S, Auma A, Nalubega M, Sikyomu E, Naluwu K, Bigira V, Kapisi J, Dorsey G, Kamya MR, Feeney ME. Frequent Malaria Drives Progressive Vd2 T-Cell Loss, Dysfunction, and CD16 Up-regulation During Early Childhood. J Infect Dis. 2016 May 01; 213(9):1483-90.
Boyle MJ, Jagannathan P, Farrington LA, Eccles-James I, Wamala S, McIntyre TI, Vance HM, Bowen K, Nankya F, Auma A, Nalubega M, Sikyomu E, Naluwu K, Rek J, Katureebe A, Bigira V, Kapisi J, Tappero J, Muhindo MK, Greenhouse B, Arinaitwe E, Dorsey G, Kamya MR, Feeney ME. Decline of FoxP3+ Regulatory CD4 T Cells in Peripheral Blood of Children Heavily Exposed to Malaria. PLoS Pathog. 2015 Jul; 11(7):e1005041.
Sullivan RT, Kim CC, Fontana MF, Feeney ME, Jagannathan P, Boyle MJ, Drakeley CJ, Ssewanyana I, Nankya F, Mayanja-Kizza H, Dorsey G, Greenhouse B. FCRL5 Delineates Functionally Impaired Memory B Cells Associated with Plasmodium falciparum Exposure. PLoS Pathog. 2015 May; 11(5):e1004894.
Boyle MJ, Jagannathan P, Bowen K, McIntyre TI, Vance HM, Farrington LA, Greenhouse B, Nankya F, Rek J, Katureebe A, Arinaitwe E, Dorsey G, Kamya MR, Feeney ME. Effector Phenotype of Plasmodium falciparum-Specific CD4+ T Cells Is Influenced by Both Age and Transmission Intensity in Naturally Exposed Populations. J Infect Dis. 2015 Aug 01; 212(3):416-25.
Jagannathan P, Nankya F, Stoyanov C, Eccles-James I, Sikyomu E, Naluwu K, Wamala S, Nalubega M, Briggs J, Bowen K, Bigira V, Kapisi J, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. IFN? Responses to Pre-erythrocytic and Blood-stage Malaria Antigens Exhibit Differential Associations With Past Exposure and Subsequent Protection. J Infect Dis. 2015 Jun 15; 211(12):1987-96.
Jagannathan P, Kim CC, Greenhouse B, Nankya F, Bowen K, Eccles-James I, Muhindo MK, Arinaitwe E, Tappero JW, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. Loss and dysfunction of Vd2? ?d T cells are associated with clinical tolerance to malaria. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Aug 27; 6(251):251ra117.
Jagannathan P, Eccles-James I, Bowen K, Nankya F, Auma A, Wamala S, Ebusu C, Muhindo MK, Arinaitwe E, Briggs J, Greenhouse B, Tappero JW, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. IFN?/IL-10 co-producing cells dominate the CD4 response to malaria in highly exposed children. PLoS Pathog. 2014 Jan; 10(1):e1003864.
Zanoni BC, Sunpath H, Feeney ME. Pediatric response to second-line antiretroviral therapy in South Africa. PLoS One. 2012; 7(11):e49591.
Zanoni BC, Phungula T, Zanoni HM, France H, Cook EF, Feeney ME. Predictors of poor CD4 and weight recovery in HIV-infected children initiating ART in South Africa. PLoS One. 2012; 7(3):e33611.
Ruel TD, Zanoni BC, Ssewanyana I, Cao H, Havlir DV, Kamya M, Achan J, Charlebois ED, Feeney ME. Sex differences in HIV RNA level and CD4 cell percentage during childhood. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Sep; 53(6):592-9.
Zanoni BC, Phungula T, Zanoni HM, France H, Feeney ME. Risk factors associated with increased mortality among HIV infected children initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa. PLoS One. 2011; 6(7):e22706.
Zanoni BC, Phungula T, Zanoni HM, France H, Feeney ME. Impact of tuberculosis cotreatment on viral suppression rates among HIV-positive children initiating HAART. AIDS. 2011 Jan 02; 25(1):49-55.
Ryland EG, Tang Y, Christie CD, Feeney ME. Sequence evolution of HIV-1 following mother-to-child transmission. J Virol. 2010 Dec; 84(23):12437-44.
Tang Y, Huang S, Dunkley-Thompson J, Steel-Duncan JC, Ryland EG, St John MA, Hazra R, Christie CD, Feeney ME. Correlates of spontaneous viral control among long-term survivors of perinatal HIV-1 infection expressing human leukocyte antigen-B57. AIDS. 2010 Jun 19; 24(10):1425-35.
Schneidewind A, Tang Y, Brockman MA, Ryland EG, Dunkley-Thompson J, Steel-Duncan JC, St John MA, Conrad JA, Kalams SA, Noel F, Allen TM, Christie CD, Feeney ME. Maternal transmission of human immunodeficiency virus escape mutations subverts HLA-B57 immunodominance but facilitates viral control in the haploidentical infant. J Virol. 2009 Sep; 83(17):8616-27.
Huang S, Dunkley-Thompson J, Tang Y, Macklin EA, Steel-Duncan J, Singh-Minott I, Ryland EG, Smikle M, Walker BD, Christie CD, Feeney ME. Deficiency of HIV-Gag-specific T cells in early childhood correlates with poor viral containment. J Immunol. 2008 Dec 01; 181(11):8103-11.
Lichterfeld M, Kavanagh DG, Williams KL, Moza B, Mui SK, Miura T, Sivamurthy R, Allgaier R, Pereyra F, Trocha A, Feeney M, Gandhi RT, Rosenberg ES, Altfeld M, Allen TM, Allen R, Walker BD, Sundberg EJ, Yu XG. A viral CTL escape mutation leading to immunoglobulin-like transcript 4-mediated functional inhibition of myelomonocytic cells. J Exp Med. 2007 Nov 26; 204(12):2813-24.
Yu XG, Lichterfeld M, Chetty S, Williams KL, Mui SK, Miura T, Frahm N, Feeney ME, Tang Y, Pereyra F, Labute MX, Pfafferott K, Leslie A, Crawford H, Allgaier R, Hildebrand W, Kaslow R, Brander C, Allen TM, Rosenberg ES, Kiepiela P, Vajpayee M, Goepfert PA, Altfeld M, Goulder PJ, Walker BD. Mutually exclusive T-cell receptor induction and differential susceptibility to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 mutational escape associated with a two-amino-acid difference between HLA class I subtypes. J Virol. 2007 Feb; 81(4):1619-31.
Feeney ME, Tang Y, Rathod A, Kneut C, McIntosh K. Absence of detectable viremia in a perinatally HIV-1-infected teenager after discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2006 Aug; 118(2):324-30.
Frahm N, Kiepiela P, Adams S, Linde CH, Hewitt HS, Sango K, Feeney ME, Addo MM, Lichterfeld M, Lahaie MP, Pae E, Wurcel AG, Roach T, St John MA, Altfeld M, Marincola FM, Moore C, Mallal S, Carrington M, Heckerman D, Allen TM, Mullins JI, Korber BT, Goulder PJ, Walker BD, Brander C. Control of human immunodeficiency virus replication by cytotoxic T lymphocytes targeting subdominant epitopes. Nat Immunol. 2006 Feb; 7(2):173-8.
Allen TM, Altfeld M, Geer SC, Kalife ET, Moore C, O'sullivan KM, Desouza I, Feeney ME, Eldridge RL, Maier EL, Kaufmann DE, Lahaie MP, Reyor L, Tanzi G, Johnston MN, Brander C, Draenert R, Rockstroh JK, Jessen H, Rosenberg ES, Mallal SA, Walker BD. Selective escape from CD8+ T-cell responses represents a major driving force of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) sequence diversity and reveals constraints on HIV-1 evolution. J Virol. 2005 Nov; 79(21):13239-49.
Pillay T, Zhang HT, Drijfhout JW, Robinson N, Brown H, Khan M, Moodley J, Adhikari M, Pfafferott K, Feeney ME, St John A, Holmes EC, Coovadia HM, Klenerman P, Goulder PJ, Phillips RE. Unique acquisition of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte escape mutants in infant human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection. J Virol. 2005 Sep; 79(18):12100-5.
Frahm N, Adams S, Kiepiela P, Linde CH, Hewitt HS, Lichterfeld M, Sango K, Brown NV, Pae E, Wurcel AG, Altfeld M, Feeney ME, Allen TM, Roach T, St John MA, Daar ES, Rosenberg E, Korber B, Marincola F, Walker BD, Goulder PJ, Brander C. HLA-B63 presents HLA-B57/B58-restricted cytotoxic T-lymphocyte epitopes and is associated with low human immunodeficiency virus load. J Virol. 2005 Aug; 79(16):10218-25.
Feeney ME, Tang Y, Pfafferott K, Roosevelt KA, Draenert R, Trocha A, Yu XG, Verrill C, Allen T, Moore C, Mallal S, Burchett S, McIntosh K, Pelton SI, St John MA, Hazra R, Klenerman P, Altfeld M, Walker BD, Goulder PJ. HIV-1 viral escape in infancy followed by emergence of a variant-specific CTL response. J Immunol. 2005 Jun 15; 174(12):7524-30.
Feeney ME. HIV and children: the developing immune system fights back. West Indian Med J. 2004 Oct; 53(5):359-62.
Feeney ME, Tang Y, Roosevelt KA, Leslie AJ, McIntosh K, Karthas N, Walker BD, Goulder PJ. Immune escape precedes breakthrough human immunodeficiency virus type 1 viremia and broadening of the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte response in an HLA-B27-positive long-term-nonprogressing child. J Virol. 2004 Aug; 78(16):8927-30.
Draenert R, Brander C, Yu XG, Altfeld M, Verrill CL, Feeney ME, Walker BD, Goulder PJ. Impact of intrapeptide epitope location on CD8 T cell recognition: implications for design of overlapping peptide panels. AIDS. 2004 Apr 09; 18(6):871-6.
Draenert R, Le Gall S, Pfafferott KJ, Leslie AJ, Chetty P, Brander C, Holmes EC, Chang SC, Feeney ME, Addo MM, Ruiz L, Ramduth D, Jeena P, Altfeld M, Thomas S, Tang Y, Verrill CL, Dixon C, Prado JG, Kiepiela P, Martinez-Picado J, Walker BD, Goulder PJ. Immune selection for altered antigen processing leads to cytotoxic T lymphocyte escape in chronic HIV-1 infection. J Exp Med. 2004 Apr 05; 199(7):905-15.
Frahm N, Korber BT, Adams CM, Szinger JJ, Draenert R, Addo MM, Feeney ME, Yusim K, Sango K, Brown NV, SenGupta D, Piechocka-Trocha A, Simonis T, Marincola FM, Wurcel AG, Stone DR, Russell CJ, Adolf P, Cohen D, Roach T, StJohn A, Khatri A, Davis K, Mullins J, Goulder PJ, Walker BD, Brander C. Consistent cytotoxic-T-lymphocyte targeting of immunodominant regions in human immunodeficiency virus across multiple ethnicities. J Virol. 2004 Mar; 78(5):2187-200.
Leslie AJ, Pfafferott KJ, Chetty P, Draenert R, Addo MM, Feeney M, Tang Y, Holmes EC, Allen T, Prado JG, Altfeld M, Brander C, Dixon C, Ramduth D, Jeena P, Thomas SA, St John A, Roach TA, Kupfer B, Luzzi G, Edwards A, Taylor G, Lyall H, Tudor-Williams G, Novelli V, Martinez-Picado J, Kiepiela P, Walker BD, Goulder PJ. HIV evolution: CTL escape mutation and reversion after transmission. Nat Med. 2004 Mar; 10(3):282-9.
Feeney ME, Draenert R, Roosevelt KA, Pelton SI, McIntosh K, Burchett SK, Mao C, Walker BD, Goulder PJ. Reconstitution of virus-specific CD4 proliferative responses in pediatric HIV-1 infection. J Immunol. 2003 Dec 15; 171(12):6968-75.
Altfeld M, Addo MM, Rosenberg ES, Hecht FM, Lee PK, Vogel M, Yu XG, Draenert R, Johnston MN, Strick D, Allen TM, Feeney ME, Kahn JO, Sekaly RP, Levy JA, Rockstroh JK, Goulder PJ, Walker BD. Influence of HLA-B57 on clinical presentation and viral control during acute HIV-1 infection. AIDS. 2003 Dec 05; 17(18):2581-91.
Feeney ME, Roosevelt KA, Tang Y, Pfafferott KJ, McIntosh K, Burchett SK, Mao C, Walker BD, Goulder PJ. Comprehensive screening reveals strong and broadly directed human immunodeficiency virus type 1-specific CD8 responses in perinatally infected children. J Virol. 2003 Jul; 77(13):7492-501.
Addo MM, Yu XG, Rathod A, Cohen D, Eldridge RL, Strick D, Johnston MN, Corcoran C, Wurcel AG, Fitzpatrick CA, Feeney ME, Rodriguez WR, Basgoz N, Draenert R, Stone DR, Brander C, Goulder PJ, Rosenberg ES, Altfeld M, Walker BD. Comprehensive epitope analysis of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1)-specific T-cell responses directed against the entire expressed HIV-1 genome demonstrate broadly directed responses, but no correlation to viral load. J Virol. 2003 Feb; 77(3):2081-92.
Altfeld M, van Lunzen J, Frahm N, Yu XG, Schneider C, Eldridge RL, Feeney ME, Meyer-Olson D, Stellbrink HJ, Walker BD. Expansion of pre-existing, lymph node-localized CD8+ T cells during supervised treatment interruptions in chronic HIV-1 infection. J Clin Invest. 2002 Mar; 109(6):837-43.
Yu XG, Shang H, Addo MM, Eldridge RL, Phillips MN, Feeney ME, Strick D, Brander C, Goulder PJ, Rosenberg ES, Walker BD, Altfeld M. Important contribution of p15 Gag-specific responses to the total Gag-specific CTL responses. AIDS. 2002 Feb 15; 16(3):321-8.