• Dr. Willis is a K08 supported physician scientist in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology. The Willis Lung Lab explores the role of commensal fungi and the gut-lung axis in early life.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021 Necrotizing enterocolitis and the gut-lung axisSeminars in Perinatology.  45. 2021
    2021 Toll-like receptors: Shapers of the pulmonary microbiome? 2021
    2021 Chorioamnionitis and neonatal outcomesPediatric Research2021
    2020 The closed eye harbours a unique microbiome in dry eye diseaseScientific Reports.  10. 2020
    2020 Recent advances in understanding the ecology of the lung microbiota and deciphering the gut-lung axis 2020
    2020 A stable cutaneous mycobiome exists from birthPediatric Research.  88:153-154. 2020
    2020 Mice without a microbiome are partially protected from lung injury by hyperoxia 2020
    2020 Perinatal maternal antibiotic exposure augments lung injury in offspring in experimental bronchopulmonary dysplasia 2020
    2020 TGR5 signaling mitigates parenteral nutrition-associated liver disease 2020
    2020 The closed eye harbors a unique microbiome in dry eye disease 2020
    2019 Fungi form interkingdom microbial communities in the primordial human gut that develop with gestational ageThe FASEB Journal.  33:12825-12837. 2019
    2019 Fungi form interkingdom microbial communities in the primordial human gut that develop with gestational age 2019
    2019 Hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus and the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasiaCongenital Heart Disease.  14:27-32. 2019
    2018 The death knell of inhaled nitric oxide to prevent bronchopulmonary dysplasia?Journal of Perinatology.  38:633-635. 2018
    2018 Shaken or Stirred? Evaluating the combination of budesonide–surfactant for survival free of bronchopulmonary dysplasia 2018
    2016 Bariatric Surgery and the Pregnancy Complicated by Gestational DiabetesCurrent Diabetes Reports.  16:1-11. 2016
    2015 Pregnancy and neonatal outcome after bariatric surgery 2015
    2013 Bariatric surgery and pregnancy: The magical solution? 2013
    2013 Bariatric surgery: Impact on pregnancy outcomesCurrent Diabetes Reports.  13:19-26. 2013


    Year Title Altmetric
    2011 Immunology and endocrinology of obesity.  65-108. 2011

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 2013
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Chemistry, Union University 2009
  • Full Name

  • Kent Willis
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