Abdelgawad A, Lal C, Ambalavanan N, Willis K. Toll-like receptors: shapers of the pulmonary microbiome? Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2021

Jain V, Willis K, Jobe A, Ambalavanan N. Chorioamnionitis and neonatal outcomes. Pediatr Res. 2021 Jul,

PMID: 34211129 doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01633-0

Willis K, Ambalavanan N. Necrotizing enterocolitis and the gut-lung axis. Semin Perinatol. Oct 2021; 45 (8). doi:10.1016/j.semperi.2021.151454

Mims T*, Al Abdullah Q*, Stewart J, Watts S, White C, Rousselle T, Gosain A, Bajwa A, Han J, Willis K*, Pierre J*. The gut mycobiome of healthy mice is shaped by the environment and correlates with metabolic outcomes in response to diet. Commun Biol. 2021 Mar; 4(1), 281. *co-authorship

PMID: 33674757. PMCID: PMC7935979. doi: 10.1038/s42003-021-01820-z

Altmetric score > 370 (journal mean 31.4, 99th percentile of articles in both the journal and all of Altmetric).

*Highlighted in more than 35 news articles.

Willis K, Stewart J, Ambalavanan N. Recent advances in understanding the lung microbiota and deciphering the gut-lung axis. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Molec Physiol. 2020 Sep; 319:L00-L00

PMID: 32877224. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00360.2020

Willis K, Postnikoff C, Freeman A, Rezonzew G, Nichols K, Gaggar A, Lal C. The closed eye harbors a unique microbiome in dry eye disease. Sci Rep. 2020 Jul; 10:12035.

PMID: 32694705. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-68952-w

Willis K, Peters B, Pierre J. A stable cutaneous mycobiome exists from birth. Pediatr Res.

PMID: 32408339. doi: 10.1038/s41390-020-0959-6

Willis K*, Gomes C*, Rao P, Micic E, Moran R, Stephenson E, Puchowicz M, Mims T, Al Abdullah Q, Gosain A, Yin D, Talati A, Chang E, Han J, Pierre J. TGR5 signaling mitigates parenteral nutrition associated liver disease. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2020 Feb; 318(2):G322-G335.

PMID: 31905022 doi: 10.1152/ajpgi.00216.2019 *Contributed equally.

Willis K, Pierre J, Cormier S, Talati A. Mice without a microbiome are partially protected from lung injury by hyperoxia. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2020 Feb; 318(2):L419-L420.

PMID: 31664852. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00433.2019.

Willis K, Siefker D, Aziz M, White C, Mussarat N, Gomes C, Bajwa A, Pierre J, Cormier S, Talati A. Perinatal maternal antibiotic exposure augments lung injury in experimental bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2020 Feb; 318(2):L407-L418.

PMID: 31644311. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00561.2018.

Altmetric score > 180 (journal mean 4.4, 1 for articles of a similar age, 3/1596 articles in the journal and > 99thpercentile of all articles on Altmetric). Downloaded > 350 times.

*APSselect article for December 2019. Press Release:

*Highlighted by an editorial focus in AJP Lung: doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00442.2019.

*Highlighted by an editorial by the Editor-in-Chief of AJP Lung: doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00509.2019.

Willis K, Purvis J, Myers E, Aziz M, Karabayir I, Gomes C, Peters B, Akbilgic O, Talati A, Pierre J. Fungi form interkingdom microbial communities in the human primordial gut that vary with gestational age. FASEB J. 2019 Nov; 33(11):12825–12837.

PMID: 31480903. doi: 10.1096/fj.201901436RR

*Altmetric score > 150 (journal mean 8.6, > 99th percentile for the journal, #1 of articles of a similar age, 46/6200 in the journal and > 99% of all articles on Altmetric)

[Posted as a preprint at bioRxiv in April 2019. doi: 10.1101/621235. 1,300 views and 596 downloads at time of publication]

*Featured on EurekAlert ( and by several news outlets.

Willis K, Weems M. Hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus and the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Congenit Heart Dis. 2019 Jan; 14(1):27-32.

PMID: 30343505. doi: 10.1111/chd.12691

Willis K, Peravali S, Weems M. The death knell for inhaled nitric oxide to prevent bronchopulmonary dysplasia? J Perinatol. 2018 Jun; 38(6):633-635.

PMID: 29467517. doi: 10.1038/s41372-018-0071-5

Willis K, Weems M. Shaken or Stirred? Evaluating the combination of budesonide-surfactant for survival free of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Acta Pædiatr. 2018 Mar;107(3):540.

PMID: 29131394. doi:10.1111/apa.14127.