Department of Pediatrics
Catherine Humikowski is currently performing laboratory research studying host-microbe interactions that contribute to microbial virulence. The lab has previously shown that opportunistic organisms can turn from indolent colonizers to virulent pathogens within the gastrointestinal tract of a stressed host under altered nutrient conditions. Humikowski’s role has been to test these effects on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in cooperation with the Chicago MRSA Research Center. She also researches small colony variants of MRSA to understand the contribution of this phenotype to the fitness and prevalence of this epidemic pathogen.
She was an intern and resident in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center, and was a fellow in the Department of Anesthesia, Division of Critical Care, at Children’s Hospital Boston. She received the Diana Woo Memorial Award for excellence in clinical pediatrics at the University of Chicago and the Medical Student Teaching Award from the students of Harvard Medical School at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Humikowski received her MD (with honors, 2004) from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where she was elected to the national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, and a BA in biological sciences from the University of Chicago (1999).
Humikowski joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.