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Kristen K. Coleman

Assistant Professor, Global, Environmental, and Occupational Health

Dr. Coleman is an airborne infectious disease researcher with a special focus on the surveillance, epidemiology and transmission of respiratory viruses (e.g., influenza virus, adenovirus, coronavirus). She is a former senior research fellow in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School and the Department of Medicine at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in Singapore. Dr. Coleman has performed infectious disease research in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and the US. She champions a One Health approach to understanding pandemic respiratory virus transmission and has authored several key research papers on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Coleman is the first UMCP faculty member to be selected as the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR) KL2 Clinical Research Scholar. She is a member of the Public Health Aerobiology, Virology and Exhaled Biomarker Laboratory (PHAB Lab) at the Department of Global, Environmental, and Occupational Health


Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

Respiratory Virus Transmission; Respiratory Virus Epidemiology

BA, Global Studies, 2013, University of Toledo

PhD, Biology (Ecology Track), 2017, University of Toledo

1.     Tan KS, Ong SWX, Koh MH, Tay DJW, Aw DZH, Nah YW, Abdullah MRB, Coleman KK, DK Milton, Chu JJH, Chow VTK, Tambyah PA, Tham KW*. SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant shedding during respiratory activities. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2023 Mar 21; doi: (IF: 12)


2.     Wee LE, Arora S, Kwan-Ki Ko K, Conceicao EP, Coleman KK, Tan KY, Tohid HB, Liu Q, Tung GLT, Jin See SW, Suphavilai C, Ling ML, Venkatachalam I*. Environmental contamination and evaluation of healthcare-associated SARS-CoV-2 transmission risk in temporary isolation wards during the COVID-19 pandemic. Am. J. Infect. Control 2022 Oct 27; doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2022.09.004 (IF: 4.3)


3.     Lai JColeman KK, Tai S S-H, German J, Hong F, Albert B, Esparza Y, Srikakulapu AK, Schanz M, Maldonado IS, Oertel M, Fadul N, Gold TL, Weston S, Mullins K, McPhaul KM, Frieman M, Milton DK*. Exhaled Breath Aerosol Shedding of Highly Transmissible Versus Prior SARS-CoV-2 Variants. Clin Infect Dis 2022 Oct 26; doi: 10.1093/cid/ciac846/6773834 (IF: 21; Citations: 13)


4.     Adenaiye OO, Lai J, de Mesquita PJB, Hong F, Youssefi S, German J, Tai SS, Albert B, Schanz M, Weston S, Hang J, Fung C, Chung HK, Coleman KK, Sapoval N, Treangen T, Berry IM, Mullins K, Frieman M, Ma T, Milton DK*. Infectious SARS-CoV-2 in Exhaled Aerosols and Efficacy of Masks During Early Mild Infection. Clin Infect Dis 2022 July 1; doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab797 (IF: 21; Citations: 101)


5.     Coleman KK, Tay DJW, Tan KS, Ong SWX, Son TT, Koh MH, Chin YQ, Nasir H, Mak TM, Chu JJH, Milton DK, Chow VTK, Tambyah PA, Chen M, Wai TK*. Viral Load of SARS-CoV-2 in Respiratory Aerosols Emitted by COVID-19 Patients while Breathing, Talking, and Singing. Clin Infect Dis 2022 May 15; doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab691. (IF: 21; Citations: 169)


6.     Wang X, Xiu L, Binder RA, Toh TH, Lee JSY, Ting J, Than ST, Qi W, Coleman KK, Perera D, Ma MJ, Gray GC*. A Pan-coronavirus RT-PCR Assay for Rapid Viral Screening of Animal, Human, and Environmental Specimens. One Health 2021, Volume 13, December 2021, 100274 (IF: 8.3)


7.     Coleman KK, Robie ER, Abdelgadir A, Kozhumam AS, Binder RA, & Gray GC*. Six Decades of Human Adenovirus Type 4 Infections Reviewed: Increasing Infections Among Civilians Are a Matter of Concern. Clin Infect Dis 2021; doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab146. (IF: 21; Citations: 5)


8.     Ong SWX, Tan YKColeman KK, Tan BH, Leo YS, Wang DL, Ng CG, Ng OT, Wong MSY, and Marimuthu K*. Lack of viable SARS-CoV-2 among PCR-positive air samples from hospital rooms and community isolation facilities. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2021; doi: 10.1017/ice.2021.8(IF: 6.5; Citations: 30)


9.     Binder RA, Alarja NA, Robie ER, Kochek KE, Xiu L, Rocha-Melogno L, Abdelgadir A, Goli SV, Farrell AS, Coleman KK, Turner AL, Lautredou CC, Lednicky JA, Lee MJ, Polage CR, Simmons RA, Deshusses MA, Anderson BD, and Gray GC*. Environmental and Aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 Among Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients. J Infect Dis 2020; doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa575(IF: 7.7; Citations: 67)


10.   Chia PYColeman KK, Tan YK, Ong SWX, Gum M, Lau SK, Sutjipto S, Lee PH, Than ST, Y BE, Milton DK, Gray GC, Schuster S, Barkham T, Prathim P, Vasoo S, Chan M, Ang PSP, Tan BH, Leo YS, Ng OT*, Wong MSY*, Marimuthu K*, for the Singapore 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Research Team. Detection of Air and Surface Contamination by SARS-CoV-2 in Hospital Rooms of Infected Patients. Nature Communications 2020; 11:2800. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16670-2 (IF: 17.7; Citations: 854)


11.   Ong SWX, Coleman KK, Chia PY, Thoon KC, Pada S, Venkatachalam I, Fisher D, Tan YK, Tan BH, Ng OT, Ang BSP, Leo YS, Wong MSY, Marimuthu K*. Transmission Modes of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Implications on Infection Control: A Review. Singapore Med J 2020; 1–21. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2020114 (IF: 3.3; Citations: 17)


12.   Le YH, Nguyen KC, Coleman KK, Nguyen TT, Than ST, Hai PH, Manh ND, Nghia ND, Dan PT, Mai HV, Long TP, Bailey ES, Warkentien TE, Gray GC*. Virus Detections Among Patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness, Northern Vietnam. PLoS ONE 2020. 15(5): e0233117. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0233117 (IF: 3.7; Citations: 5)


13.   Xiu L, Binder RA, Alarja NA, Kochek K, Coleman KK, Than ST, Bailey ES, Bui VN, Toh TH, Erdman DD, Gray GC*. A RT-PCR Assay for the Detection of Coronaviruses from Four Genera. J Clin Virology Volume 128, July 2020, 104391doi:10.1016/j.jcv.2020.104391 (IF: 14.5; Citations: 39)


14.   Coleman KK, Wong JCC, Jayanthi J, Nguyen TT, Wong AWL, Yadana S, Thoon KC, Chan KP, Low JG, Kalimuddin S, Dehghan S, Kang J, Shamsaddini A, Seto D, Su YCF, Gray GC*. Adenoviral Infections in Singapore: Should New Antiviral Therapies and Vaccines Be Adopted? J Infect Dis Volume 221, Issue 4, 15 February 2020, Pages 566–577, jiz489, doi:10.1093/infdis/jiz489 (IF: 7.7; Citations: 20)


15.   Coleman KK*, Sigler WV. Airborne Influenza A Virus Exposure in an Elementary School. Scientific Reports 2020 Feb 5;10(1):1859doi:10.1038/s41598-020-58588-1 (IF: 5; Citations: 49)


16.   Yadana S, Coleman KK*, Nguyen TT, Hansen-Estruch C, Kalimuddin S, Thoon KC, Low JG, & Gray GC. Monitoring for Airborne Respiratory Viruses in a General Pediatric Ward in Singapore. J Public Health Res. 2019; 8(3). doi:10.4081/jphr.2019.1407 (IF: 2.2; Citations: 13)


17.   Bui VN, Nguyen TT, Nguyen-Viet H, Bui AN, McCallion K, Hu-Suk L, Than ST, Coleman KK*, Gray GC*. Bioaerosol Sampling to Detect Avian Influenza Virus in Hanoi’s Largest Live Poultry Market. Clin Infect Dis 2019 Mar 5;68(6):972-975doi:10.1093/cid/ciy583 (IF: 21; Citations: 23)


18.   Coleman KK*, Nguyen TT, Yadana S, Hansen-Estruch C, Lindsley WG, Gray GC; Bioaerosol Sampling for Respiratory Viruses in Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit Network. Scientific Reports 2018; 8:17476 doi:10.1038/s41598-018-35896-1 (IF: 5; Citations: 69)


19.   Hansen-Estruch C*, Coleman KKNguyen TT, Thoon KC, Low JG, Gray GC. Respiratory Polyomaviruses and Pediatric Illness in Singapore. Frontiers in Pediatrics 2018; doi:10.3389/fped.2018.00228 (IF: 3.4; Citations: 7)


20.   Borkenhagen LK*, Mallinson KA, Tsao RW, Ha SJ, Lim WH, Toh TH, Anderson BD, Fieldhouse JK, Philo SE, Chong KS, Lindsley WG, Ramirez A, Lowe JF, Coleman KK, Gray GC. Surveillance for Respiratory and Diarrheal Pathogens at the Human-Pig Interface in Sarawak, Malaysia. PLoS ONE 2018; 13(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0201295 (IF: 3.7; Citations: 53)


21.   Coleman, KK*. Environmental Detection and Quantification of Airborne Influenza A Virus in an Elementary School, and its Implications for Student and Community Illness. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). 2017.


*Corresponding authorship; Co-first authorship / Equal contribution

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