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Jesica Herrick, MD, MS

Jesica Herrick, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of Illinois at Chicago
Section of Infectious Diseases
808 S. Wood St. Rm 888 MC 735
Chicago, IL 60612

Training and Education

Undergraduate: Northwestern University, 1996-1999, BA in Psychology 

Medical School: University of Nebraska, 2001-2005, MD
Graduate School: Rush University, 2008-2011, BS in Clinical Research
Residency Training (Internal Medicine): University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005 – 2008
Chief Resident: Cook County Hospital, 2008-2009
Fellowship (Infectious Diseases): National Institutes of Health, 2009-2012

Research Interests

Dr. Herrick's primary research interest is in parasitology and tropical medicine. As a fellow at the National Institutes of Health, she focused on filarial infections, specifically Loa loa. Her research was largely translational and focused on characterizing clinically important aspects of loiasis: diagnosis, clinical presentation of infection, and post-treatment reactions. Specific areas of interest of her research included the immune-mediated differences in clinical presentation of loiasis between temporary residents and endemic individuals who acquire the infection and the host immune response to Loa loa infection. In addition, a primary area of focus was on post-treatment responses to diethylcarbamazine and ivermectin therapy for loiasis. As part of her interest in post-treatment reactions, Dr. Herrick was the lead investigator on two NIH trials examining the role of the host immune response in the pathophysiology of these reactions. One of these trials was conducted in Cameroon, and Dr. Herrick spent extensive time in Cameroon overseeing this trial in collaboration with the Filariasis and Other Tropical Diseases Research Center.

Dr. Herrick's primary basic science interest has been in molecular diagnostics. While at the NIH she worked on validating a LAMP assay for Loa loa. In addition, she developed a new antibody-based diagnostic test (circulating antigen ELISA) for loiasis.

Dr. Herrick also has a research interest in additional areas of parasitology, including neurocysticercosis and parasitic infections in the immunocompromised host.

Selected Publications

Drame, P et al.  “Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) for the Rapid and Semi-Quantitative Detection of Loa loa Infection.”  Journal of Clinical Microbiology.  Epub ahead of print 4/2/14.

Makiya, M et al.  Development of a suspension array assay in multiplex for simultaneous measurement of serum levels of four eosinophil granule proteins.  Journal of Immunologic Methods, accepted for publication 1/2014.

Herrick, J et al.  “Brucella Arteritis: Clinical Manifestations, Treatment, and Prognosis.” Lancet Infectious Diseases.  Epub ahead of print 2014

Christensen JA, Bressler L, Bath K, Chichili S, Villano JL. Rapid Tumor Doubling in the CNS. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 87 (2008): 119-21.

Kessler CS, McGuinn M, Spec A, Christensen J, Baragi R, Hershow RC. Underreporting of blood and body fluid exposures among health care students and trainees in the acute care setting: a 2007 survey. American Journal of Infection Control. 39 (2011): 129-134.

Sugui JA, Christensen JA, Bennett JE, Zelazny AM, Kwon-Chung KJ. "Hematogenously Disseminated Skin Disease Caused by Mucor velutinosus in a patient with acute myeloid leukemia." Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 49 (2011): 2728-2732.