Katherine Kao, MD

Hometown: Stony Brook, NY

Personal Statement: I am interested in bacterial biofilms and their role in a variety of otolaryngologic diseases. My research will focus on the molecular mechanisms mediating biofilm adhesion and growth.


Undergraduate: Stony Brook University, BS Biochemistry, 2006

Medical School: Stony Brook University, 2011


Michael Paparella Research Award 2nd place, 2015
Michael Paparella Research Award 1st place, 2014
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar, NIH, 2008-2009
Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, 2006


Kao WK, Gagnon P, Vogel JP, Chole RA. “Surface Charge Modification Decreases Pseudomonas aeruginosa Adherence in vitro and Bacterial Persistence in an in vivo Implant Model.” In Press (Laryngoscope).

Kao WK, Parnes LS, Chole RA. Otolithic Membrane Fragments in the Semicircular Canal in Patients with BPPV. In Press (Laryngoscope).

Kao WK, Frye, M, Gagnon P, Vogel JP, Chole RA. D amino acids do not inhibit biofim formation in P. aeruginosa. In Press (Laryngoscope JIO).

Vila PM, Townsend ME, Bhatt NK, Kao WK, Sinha P, Neely JG. The P Value Problem in Otolaryngology: Shifting to Effect Sizes and Confidence Intervals. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. November 2016 epub.

Zenga J, Hahn S, Kao K, Chen C, Gross J, Chi J, Branham GH.  Titanium mesh repair of through-and-through nasal defects without intranasal lining reconstruction.  Facial Plastic Surgery. 2016. In press.

Liou T, Kao WK. Benign Skin Lesions. In: Desai SC, ed. Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide. Plural Publishing: 2016; 429-436.

Kao WK, Gagnon PM, Vogel JP, Chole RA. FleQ, a Trascriptional Activator, Is Required for Biofilm Formation in vitro but does not Alter Virulence in a Cholesteatomas Model. Otol. Neurotol. 2016; 37(7): 977-83.

Kao WK, Chole RA. Biofilm disease and otitis. In: Kania R., Ars B., eds. Biofilms in Otitis. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Kugler Publications; 2015: 19-56.

Kao WK, Wang YH, Kleinman JE, Lipska BK, Hyde TM, Weinberger DR, Law AJ. Common

Genetic Variation in Neuregulin 3 (NRG3) influences risk for schizophrenia and impacts NRG3 expression in human brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2010; 107(35): 15619-24.

Kao K, Fu D, (2004) Purification and Crystallization of ZitB, a Zinc Transporter from Escherichia coli. J. Undergraduate Research; 2004: 4: 74-78.