Esther Bullitt, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Physiology & Biophysics

PhD, Brandeis University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Structural studies of biological macromolecular assemblies are providing an understanding of cellular function. In our laboratory, we utilize electron microscopy and image reconstruction to investigate questions about microbial virulence.

Work in the lab currently focuses on bacterial adhesion pili (fimbriae), type III secretion system needles, and virus replication. These projects address basic medical research questions directed at understanding bacterial adhesion to human host tissue and viral replication. Our data support development of novel therapeutics targeting these important health issues including, for example, development of a vaccine against traveler’s diarrhea.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Exploiting the Salivary Arsenal to Inhibit Diarrheal Disease
02/22/2021 - 01/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

The multiple states of IpaB Shigella type lll secretion
06/02/2014 - 11/30/2018 (Subcontract PI)
University of Kansas NIH NIAID

Towards the Disruption of Viral RNA Replication
07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Measurement of Bacteriophage Lengths using Transmission electron microscopy and image analysis
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2016 (PI)
Neurophage pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Towards the Disruption of Viral RNA Replication
07/01/2012 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

The multiple states of IpaB Shigella type III secretion
12/04/2012 - 06/01/2014 (Subcontract PI)
University of Oklahoma NIH NIAID


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Exploiting the Salivary Arsenal to Inhibit Diarrheal Disease 1R21AI156236-01
2021 Midwest Consortium for High Resolution Cryoelectron Microscopy 5U24GM116789-05 3
2020 CryoEM Data Collection Facility Consortium at NCM 5U24GM116787-05 6
2020 Midwest Consortium for High Resolution Cryoelectron Microscopy 5U24GM116789-04 3
2020 The Southeastern Consortium for Microscopy of MacroMolecular Machines 5U24GM116788-05 7
2019 CryoEM Data Collection Facility Consortium at NCM 5U24GM116787-04 6
2019 Midwest Consortium for High Resolution Cryoelectron Microscopy 5U24GM116789-03 3
2019 The Southeastern Consortium for Microscopy of MacroMolecular Machines 5U24GM116788-04 7
2019 Administrative Supplement: The Southeastern Consortium for Microscopy of MacroMolecular Machines 3U24GM116788-04S1 7
2018 CryoEM Data Collection Facility Consortium at NCM 5U24GM116787-03 6
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  1. Dahlberg T, Baker JL, Bullitt E, Andersson M. Unveiling molecular interactions that stabilize bacterial adhesion pili. Biophys J. 2022 Apr 30. PMID: 35491503
  2. Kenney DJ, O'Connell AK, Turcinovic J, Montanaro P, Hekman RM, Tamura T, Berneshawi AR, Cafiero TR, Al Abdullatif S, Blum B, Goldstein SI, Heller BL, Gertje HP, Bullitt E, Trachtenberg AJ, Chavez E, Nono ET, Morrison C, Tseng AE, Sheikh A, Kurnick S, Grosz K, Bosmann M, Ericsson M, Huber BR, Saeed M, Balazs AB, Francis KP, Klose A, Paragas N, Campbell JD, Connor JH, Emili A, Crossland NA, Ploss A, Douam F. Humanized mice reveal a macrophage-enriched gene signature defining human lung tissue protection during SARS-CoV-2 infection. Cell Rep. 2022 Apr 19; 39(3):110714.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35421379; PMCID: PMC8977517; DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2022.110714;
  3. Abo KM, Sainz de Aja J, Lindstrom-Vautrin J, Alysandratos KD, Richards A, Garcia-de-Alba C, Huang J, Hix OT, Werder RB, Bullitt E, Hinds A, Falconer I, Villacorta-Martin C, Jaenisch R, Kim CF, Kotton DN, Wilson AA. Air-liquid interface culture promotes maturation and allows environmental exposure of pluripotent stem cell-derived alveolar epithelium. JCI Insight. 2022 Mar 22; 7(6).View Related Profiles. PMID: 35315362; PMCID: PMC8986076; DOI: 10.1172/jci.insight.155589;
  4. Hume AJ, Heiden B, Olejnik J, Suder EL, Ross S, Scoon WA, Bullitt E, Ericsson M, White MR, Turcinovic J, Thao TTN, Hekman RM, Kaserman JE, Huang J, Alysandratos KD, Toth GE, Jakab F, Kotton DN, Wilson AA, Emili A, Thiel V, Connor JH, Kemenesi G, Cifuentes D, Mühlberger E. Recombinant Lloviu virus as a tool to study viral replication and host responses. PLoS Pathog. 2022 02; 18(2):e1010268.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35120176; PMCID: PMC8849519; DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1010268;
  5. Gao Z, Zhang X, Zhang L, Wu S, Ma J, Wang F, Zhou Y, Dai X, Bullitt E, Du Y, Guo JT, Chang J. A yellow fever virus NS4B inhibitor not only suppresses viral replication, but also enhances the virus activation of RIG-I-like receptor-mediated innate immune response. PLoS Pathog. 2022 01; 18(1):e1010271. PMID: 35061864; PMCID: PMC8809586; DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1010271;
  6. Wang R, Hume AJ, Beermann ML, Simone-Roach C, Lindstrom-Vautrin J, Le Suer J, Huang J, Olejnik J, Villacorta-Martin C, Bullitt E, Hinds A, Ghaedi M, Rollins S, Werder RB, Abo KM, Wilson AA, Mühlberger E, Kotton DN, Hawkins FJ. Human airway lineages derived from pluripotent stem cells reveal the epithelial responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2022 03 01; 322(3):L462-L478.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35020534
  7. Hu K, Perez-Matos MC, Argemi J, Vilar-Gomez E, Shalaurova I, Bullitt E, Landeen L, Sugahara G, Deng H, Mathur K, Tran S, Cai H, He H, Yalcin Y, Vieira Barbosa J, Ventura-Cots M, Marx K, Gad AP, Niezen S, Izunza Barba S, Ang LH, Popov YV, Fricker Z, Lai M, Curry M, Afdhal N, Szabo G, Mukamal KJ, Sanyal AJ, Otvos JD, Malik R, Saito T, Connelly MA, Chalasani NP, Bataller R, Jiang ZG. Lipoprotein Z, a hepatotoxic lipoprotein, predicts outcome in alcohol-associated hepatitis. Hepatology. 2022 04; 75(4):968-982.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34662439
  8. Baker JL, Dahlberg T, Bullitt E, Andersson M. Impact of an alpha helix and a cysteine-cysteine disulfide bond on the resistance of bacterial adhesion pili to stress. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 05 25; 118(21). PMID: 34011607; PMCID: PMC8166124; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2023595118;
  9. Mithal A, Hume AJ, Lindstrom-Vautrin J, Villacorta-Martin C, Olejnik J, Bullitt E, Hinds A, Mühlberger E, Mostoslavsky G. Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Intestinal Organoids Model SARS-CoV-2 Infection Revealing a Common Epithelial Inflammatory Response. Stem Cell Reports. 2021 04 13; 16(4):940-953.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33852884; PMCID: PMC8042780; DOI: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2021.02.019;
  10. Hekman RM, Hume AJ, Goel RK, Abo KM, Huang J, Blum BC, Werder RB, Suder EL, Paul I, Phanse S, Youssef A, Alysandratos KD, Padhorny D, Ojha S, Mora-Martin A, Kretov D, Ash PEA, Verma M, Zhao J, Patten JJ, Villacorta-Martin C, Bolzan D, Perea-Resa C, Bullitt E, Hinds A, Tilston-Lunel A, Varelas X, Farhangmehr S, Braunschweig U, Kwan JH, McComb M, Basu A, Saeed M, Perissi V, Burks EJ, Layne MD, Connor JH, Davey R, Cheng JX, Wolozin BL, Blencowe BJ, Wuchty S, Lyons SM, Kozakov D, Cifuentes D, Blower M, Kotton DN, Wilson AA, Mühlberger E, Emili A. Actionable Cytopathogenic Host Responses of Human Alveolar Type 2 Cells to SARS-CoV-2. Mol Cell. 2021 Jan 07; 81(1):212.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33417854; PMCID: PMC7831449; DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2020.12.028;
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2021 Microscopy Society of America: Past-President
2020 Microscopy Society of America: President
2019 Microscopy Society of America: President-elect
2018-pres International Union of Crystallography Journal: Associate Editor
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