Mark Hart, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Hart earned his Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Ouachita Baptist University. He earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in microbiology from Oklahoma State University and Mississippi State University, respectively. Upon completion of his doctoral studies, he joined the laboratory of Dr. John J. Iandolo in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at Kansas State University as an NIH-supported postdoctoral fellow. After becoming a research assistant professor at Kansas State University, he then joined the Department of Molecular Biology and Immunology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth as an assistant professor. In 2003, he joined the Division of Microbiology at NCTR. Dr. Hart currently has an appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as an adjunct assistant professor.
To our knowledge, the protective effect of Lactobacillus against Staphylococcus aureus proliferation and subsequent exotoxin production in the vaginal environment has not been adequately addressed in literature. Studies are underway to examine the protective role of naturally-occurring and bio-engineered strains of Lactobacillus against TSST-1 producing strains of S. aureus in both co-culture and simulated vaginal models. Given the propensity of S. aureus to acquire multiple antibiotic-resistance determinants and the continual rise in methicillin-resistant S. aureus both in the hospital and community environments, isolation and characterization of novel virulence factors expressed by S. aureus continues to be a major focus of our laboratory. In addition, other host-pathogen interactions such as S. aureus with the influenza virus in causing severe pneumonia are studied. We are also interested in elucidating the mechanisms that allow S. aureus to survive phagocytic attack by determining the role enzymes, such as catalase and superoxide dismutase, play in removing the toxic effects of oxygen radicals generated by the body's professional phagocytes.
Professional Societies/National and International Groups
American Society for Microbiology
1986 – Present
Randall Award Committee—South Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology
2007 – Present
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Associate Member (currently inactive)
1988 – Present
South Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology
2007 – Present
Draft Genome Sequences of Two Staphylococcus aureus Strains Isolated in Succession from a Case of Bacteremia.
Basco M., Revollo J., McKinzie P., Agnihothram S., Kothari A., Saccente M., and Hart M.
Genome Announc. 2017, 5:e00259-17.
Infection of Murine Macrophages by Salmonella Enterica Serovar Heidelberg Blocks Murine Norovirus Infectivity and Virus-Induced Apoptosis.
Agnihothram S, Basco M, Mullis L, Foley S, Hart M, Sung K., and Azevedo M.
PLoS One. 2015, 10(12):e0144911.
Staphylococcus Aureus Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxin-1 (TSST-1) Production and Lactobacillus Species Growth in a Defined Medium Simulating Vaginal Secretions.
Stingley R., Liu H., Mullis L., Elkins C., and Hart M.
J Microbiol Methods. 2014, 106:57-66.
Staphylococcus Aureus Hyaluronidase is a CodY-Regulated Virulence Factor.
Ibberson C., Jones C., Singh S., Wise M., Hart M., Zurawski D., and Horswill A.
Infect Immun. 2014, 82(10):4253-64.
Evaluation of Virulence and Antimicrobial Resistance in Salmonella Enterica Serovar Enteritidis Isolates from Humans and Chicken- and Egg-Associated Sources.
Han J., Gokulan K., Barnette D., Khare S., Rooney A., Deck J., Nayak R., Stefanova R., Hart M., and Foley S.
Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2013, 10(12):1008-15.
Hyaluronidase Expression and Biofilm Involvement in Staphylococcus Aureus UAMS-1 and its sarA, agr and sarA agr Regulatory Mutants.
Hart M., Tsang L., Deck J., Daily S., Jones R., Liu H., Hu H., Hart M., and Smeltzer M.
Microbiology. 2013, 159(Pt 4):782-91.
Inhibition of Staphylococcus Aureus by Lysostaphin-Expressing Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1 in a Modified Genital Tract Secretion Medium.
Liu H., Gao Y., Yu L., Jones R., Elkins C., and Hart M.
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011, 77(24):8500-8.
Influenza Virus Primes Mice for Pneumonia from Staphylococcus Aureus.
Iverson A., Boyd K., McAuley J., Plano L., Hart M., and McCullers J.
J Infect Dis. 2011, 203(6):880-8.
Genotypic and Phenotypic Assessment of Hyaluronidase among Type Strains of a Select Group of Staphylococcal Species.
Hart M., Hart M., and Roop A.
Int J Microbiol. 2009, 2009:614371.
Lactobacillus-Mediated Inhibition of Clinical Toxic Shock Syndrome Staphylococcus Aureus Strains and Its Relation to Acid and Peroxide Production.
Elkins C., Muñoz M., Mullis L., Stingley R., and Hart M.
Anaerobe. 2008, 14(5):261-7.
Relative Quantitative Comparisons of the Extracellular Protein Profiles of Staphylococcus Aureus UAMS-1 and its sarA, agr, and sarA agr Regulatory Mutants Using One-Dimensional Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis and Nanocapillary Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Tandem Mass Spectrometry.
Jones R., Deck J., Edmondson R., and Hart M.
J Bacteriol. 2008, 190(15):5265-78.
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