Biomedical Scientist
Biomedical Scientist


Dr. Kristie Oxford has worked for over 25 years in the detection, prevention, and characterization of infectious diseases. Her current research includes characterizing and interpreting host responses to viral infection using systems biology data, including transcriptomics using RNA sequencing and proteomics and lipidomics using high resolution mass spectrometry. Her team has studied host-virus interactions from thousands of samples representing over 12 human viruses to identify candidate biomolecules for medical intervention and/or mechanistic studies. In addition to this work, Dr. Oxford is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve, supporting all branches of the military in public health and chemical and biological defense activities.


  • PhD in Microbiology, University of California Davis
  • BS in Zoology, North Carolina State University
  • AS in Biotechnology, Solano Community College


Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Society for Virology
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Air Force Association
  • Reserve Officer’s Association

Awards and Recognitions

  • Secretary of Energy Achievement Award for Department of Energy National Laboratories’ COVID-19 Clinical Testing Team, United States Department of Energy, 2021
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2019
  • NIH/NIAID Animal Models of Infectious Diseases Training Grant Award, 2008 - 2012
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Association of Public Health Laboratory Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory Training Fellowship, 2000 - 2002



  • Ostaszewski M, Niarakis A, Mazein A, Kuperstein I, [and 133 others including Oxford KL]. COVID-19 Disease Map Community. COVID19 Disease Map, a computational knowledge repository of virus-host interaction mechanisms. Mol Syst Biol. 2021 Oct;17(10):e10387. doi: 10.15252/msb.202110387. PMID: 34664389; PMCID: PMC8524328.
  • Jeremy Zucker, Kaushal Paneri, Sara Mohammad-Taheri, Somya Bhargava, Pallavi Kolambkar, Craig Bakker, Jeremy Teuton, Charles Tapley Hoyt, Kristie Oxford, Robert Ness and Olga Vitek. Leveraging Structured Biological Knowledge for Counterfactual Inference: a Case Study of Viral Pathogenesis. IEEE Transactions on Big Data. 2021. doi: 10.1109/TBDATA.2021.3050680.


  • Oxford KL, Kennedy ZC, (+4 other authors) and Warner MG. Prolonged Retention of Viral Infectivity in Liquid Formulations at Elevated Temperatures. 2020. In press.


  • Hutchison J.R., S.M. Brooks, Z.C. Kennedy, T.R. Pope, B. Kaiser, K.D. Victry, and C.L. Warner, et al. 2019. "Polysaccharide-based liquid storage and transport media for non-refrigerated preservation of bacterial pathogens." PLoS One 14, no. 9:e0221831. PNNL-SA-142625. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0221831
  • McClure R.S., J.P. Wendler, J.N. Adkins, J.A. Swanstrom, R. Baric, B. Kaiser, and K.L. Oxford, et al. 2019. "Unified Feature Association Networks through Integration of Transcriptomic and Proteomic Data." PLoS Computational Biology 15, no. 9:e1007241. PNNL-SA-137420. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007241