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Erika's favorite things: coffee, science and saxophone!

Erika Mittge

Erika Mittge played clarinet and saxophone in high school and then quit for 20 years to focus on her career in research and then clinical laboratory science. She was inspired to start playing again when her kids were old enough to join band. While continuing to pursue a science career and raising four kids, Erika returned to playing clarinet and saxophone, taking lessons from local musicians such as Daniel Cathey, Sean Flannery, Jonathon Corona and Joe Manis and voice lessons with Siri Vik and started devleoping performance skills by playing in the symphonic band and jazz ensemble at Lane Community College. She has previously played clarinet with the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, the Eugene Symphonic Band and Platypus Clarinet Choir and tenor saxophone with Harticorn Brass Band. Erika can currently be found playing in the Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra, Blue Skies Big Band, Lane Symphonic Band, Lane Jazz Ensemble and the First Monday Big Band. In addition to her ensemble gigs, Erika is a newly elected board member of the Willamette Jazz Society and Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra Boards.



Transmission of a common intestinal neoplasm in zebrafish by cohabitation.

Burns AR, Watral V, Sichel S, Spagnoli S, Banse AV, Mittge E, Sharpton TJ, Guillemin K, Kent ML.

J Fish Dis. 2018 Apr;41(4):569-579. doi: 10.1111/jfd.12743. Epub 2017 Oct 11.

PMID: 29023774 Free PMC article.


Evidence for a core gut microbiota in the zebrafish.

Roeselers G, Mittge EK, Stephens WZ, Parichy DM, Cavanaugh CM, Guillemin K, Rawls JF.

ISME J. 2011 Oct;5(10):1595-608. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.38. Epub 2011 Apr 7.

PMID: 21472014 Free PMC article.


Strategies to Mitigate a Mycobacterium marinum Outbreak in a Zebrafish Research Facility.

Mason T, Snell K, Mittge E, Melancon E, Montgomery R, McFadden M, Camoriano J, Kent ML, Whipps CM, Peirce J.

Zebrafish. 2016 Jul;13 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S77-87. doi: 10.1089/zeb.2015.1218.

PMID: 27351618 Free PMC article.


The enteric nervous system promotes intestinal health by constraining microbiota composition.

Rolig AS, Mittge EK, Ganz J, Troll JV, Melancon E, Wiles TJ, Alligood K, Stephens WZ, Eisen JS, Guillemin K.

PLoS Biol. 2017 Feb 16;15(2):e2000689. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2000689. eCollection 2017 Feb.

PMID: 28207737 Free PMC article.


Innate immune responses to gut microbiota differ between oceanic and freshwater threespine stickleback populations.

Milligan-Myhre K, Small CM, Mittge EK, Agarwal M, Currey M, Cresko WA, Guillemin K.

Dis Model Mech. 2016 Feb;9(2):187-98. doi: 10.1242/dmm.021881. Epub 2015 Dec 17.

PMID: 26681746 Free PMC article.


Intestinal alkaline phosphatase detoxifies lipopolysaccharide and prevents inflammation in zebrafish in response to the gut microbiota.

Bates JM, Akerlund J, Mittge E, Guillemin K.

Cell Host Microbe. 2007 Dec 13;2(6):371-82. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2007.10.010.

PMID: 18078689 Free PMC article.


Distinct signals from the microbiota promote different aspects of zebrafish gut differentiation.

Bates JM, Mittge E, Kuhlman J, Baden KN, Cheesman SE, Guillemin K.

Dev Biol. 2006 Sep 15;297(2):374-86. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2006.05.006. Epub 2006 May 11.

PMID: 16781702


Epithelial cell proliferation in the developing zebrafish intestine is regulated by the Wnt pathway and microbial signaling via Myd88.

Cheesman SE, Neal JT, Mittge E, Seredick BM, Guillemin K.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 15;108 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):4570-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1000072107. Epub 2010 Oct 4.

PMID: 20921418 Free PMC article.

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