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Ahnika Kline, MD PhD D(ABMM)

Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology
Associate Director, Microbiology Laboratory
UC San Diego


Areas of Expertise: Quality improvement in infectious disease diagnostics, rare fungal infections

  • Kline, A., Porterfield, H., Zelazny, A. Futility of bacterial bone marrow cultures: the NIH experience over a 19 year period.  ID week, online, 2020.
  • Kline, A., Clark, A, Zelazny, A, Lionakis, M. Identification and antifungal susceptibility of candida species isolated from bloodstream infections over at 14-year period.  ASM Microbe, San Francisco, CA. 2019 and ID week, Washington, D.C.  2019
  • Kline, A, Clay, B, Popa, R. Hepatitis C antibody testing: Saving costs by preventing multiple unnecessary tests.  Society of Hospital Medicine, San Diego, CA.  2016
  • Kline, A, Reed, S. Molecular tools for speciation and sensitivities for GNR bacteremia may lead to decreased mortality.  UCSD Internal Medicine Research Symposium, San Diego, CA.  2015
  • Kline, A. A story of phosphorus and PTH, and recurrent hip fractures in the older man.  Poster presentation at Society of General Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. 
  • Kline, A., Chen, C., Sheppard, D. Integrin alpha9beta1 is required after development for adult pathologic angiogenesis in response to VEGF-A.  Poster presentation at MSTP Trefethen Retreat, Point Reyes, CA. 
  • Kline, A., Chen, C., Sheppard, D.  Integrin alpha9beta is critical during adult mammalian angiogenesis induced by VEGF-A. Poster presentation at Keystone Symposia Cancer, Big Sky, MT.  2009.
  • Kline, A. The role of SPT5 during zebrafish brain development.  Presentation at Guo Lab Group Meeting, UCSF, San Francisco, CA.  2005
  • Kline, A. The effect of Mfge8 on RNA expression in the murine mammary gland during involution.  Presentation at Sheppard lab Group Meeting, UCSF, San Francisco, CA 2004
    Kline, A. Mapping the binding site for promazine derivatives on the HIV Tar-1 RNA.  Presentation at James lab Group Meeting, UCSF, San Francisco, CA 2003.
  • Kline, A., Schlief, R. Using CHARMM to determine the correct rotamer during in silico  Poster presentation at TriBeta Honor Society Poster Session, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. 2003.
  • Kline, A., Lionakis, MS. Case Commentary: Long-Term Fosmanogepix Use in a Transplant Recipient with Disseminated Aspergillosis Caused by Azole-Resistant Aspergillus calidoustus.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother  2022, 66(3):e0236821.
  • Lokida, D., Farida, H., Triasih, R., Mardian, Y., Kosasih, H., Naysilla, AM., Budiman, A., Hayuningtyas, C., Anam, S., Wastoro, D., Dipayanah, S., Setyati, A., Aman, A.T., Lukman, N., Karyana, M., Kline, A., Neal, A., Lau, C., Lane, HC.Epidemiology of community-acquired pneumonia among hospitalized children in Indonesia: a multicenter, prospective study. BMJ Open 2022; 12;e057957.
  • Mardian, Y., Naysilla, A., Lokida, D., Farida, H., Aman, A.T., Karyana, M., Lukman, N., Kosasih, H., Kline, A., Lau, C. Approach to identifying causative pathogens of community-acquired pneumonia in children using culture, molecular, and serology tests.  Front Pediatr.  2021, 9: 629318.
  • Kline, A., Putnam, N., Youn, J., East, A., Das, S., Frank, K., Zelazny, A. Dacron swab and PBS are acceptable alternatives to flocked swab and viral transport media for SARS-CoV-2.  Diag Microbiol Infect Dis.  2021; 99(1): 115209.
  • Kline, A., Zerbe, C. Chapter 28: Infections in Primary Immunodeficiency.  In: Allergic and Immunological Diseases.  2021 (accepted, in press)
  • Kline, A., Dass, K. Consultant Corner: Diarrhea: Evidence-Based Answers to Key Clinical Questions.  In: Gastrointestinal Emergencies. pp. 359-361
  • Kline, A. The role of integrin alpha9beta1 during angiogenesis induced by VEGF-A, Dissertation, June 2011.
  • Atabai, K., Fernandez, R., Huang, X., Ueki, I., Kline, A., Li, Y., Sadatmansoori, S., Smith-Steinhart, C., Zhu, W., Pytela, R., Werb, Z., Sheppard, D. Mfge8 is critical for mammary gland remodeling during involution.  Molecular Biology of the Cell.  2005; 16(12): 5528-5537.