Katherine Lemon, MD, PhD

Katherine Lemon, MD, PhD

Associate Physician in Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-919-2900

  • Fax: 617-730-0254

Medical Services


  • Infectious Disease
  • Bacterial Infections


  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine


  • Division of Infectious Diseases
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-919-2900

Experience and Education




Cambridge, MA

Medical School

Harvard Medical School,

Boston, MA

Graduate School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

Cambridge, MA


Pediatric Infectious Diseases - Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA


Pediatrics - Boston Combined Residency Program,

Boston, MA


Pediatrics - Boston Combined Residency Program,

Boston, MA


  • Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles
  1. Ramsey MM, Freire MO, Gabrilska RA, Rumbaugh KP, Lemon KP. Staphylococcus aureus Shifts toward Commensalism in Response to Corynebacterium Species. Front Microbiol. 2016; 7:1230.
  2. Brugger SD, Bomar L, Lemon KP. Commensal-Pathogen Interactions along the Human Nasal Passages. PLoS Pathog. 2016 Jul; 12(7):e1005633.
  3. Bomar L, Brugger SD, Yost BH, Davies SS, Lemon KP. Corynebacterium accolens Releases Antipneumococcal Free Fatty Acids from Human Nostril and Skin Surface Triacylglycerols. MBio. 2016; 7(1):e01725-15.
  4. Franzosa EA, Huang K, Meadow JF, Gevers D, Lemon KP, Bohannan BJ, Huttenhower C. Identifying personal microbiomes using metagenomic codes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jun 2; 112(22):E2930-8.
  5. Wollenberg MS, Claesen J, Escapa IF, Aldridge KL, Fischbach MA, Lemon KP. Propionibacterium-produced coproporphyrin III induces Staphylococcus aureus aggregation and biofilm formation. MBio. 2014; 5(4):e01286-14.
  6. Segata N, Haake SK, Mannon P, Lemon KP, Waldron L, Gevers D, Huttenhower C, Izard J. Composition of the adult digestive tract bacterial microbiome based on seven mouth surfaces, tonsils, throat and stool samples. Genome Biol. 2012; 13(6):R42.
  7. Lemon KP, Armitage GC, Relman DA, Fischbach MA. Microbiota-targeted therapies: an ecological perspective. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Jun 6; 4(137):137rv5.
  8. Nyame TT, Lemon KP, Kolter R, Liao EC. High-throughput assay for bacterial adhesion on acellular dermal matrices and synthetic surgical materials. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Nov; 128(5):1061-8.
  9. Lemon KP, Klepac-Ceraj V, Schiffer HK, Brodie EL, Lynch SV, Kolter R. Comparative analyses of the bacterial microbiota of the human nostril and oropharynx. MBio. 2010; 1(3).
  10. Lemon KP, Freitag NE, Kolter R. The virulence regulator PrfA promotes biofilm formation by Listeria monocytogenes. J Bacteriol. 2010 Aug; 192(15):3969-76.
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  12. Klepac-Ceraj V, Lemon KP, Martin TR, Allgaier M, Kembel SW, Knapp AA, Lory S, Brodie EL, Lynch SV, Bohannan BJ, Green JL, Maurer BA, Kolter R. Relationship between cystic fibrosis respiratory tract bacterial communities and age, genotype, antibiotics and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Environ Microbiol. 2010 May; 12(5):1293-303.
  13. Lemon KP, Earl AM, Vlamakis HC, Aguilar C, Kolter R. Biofilm development with an emphasis on Bacillus subtilis. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2008; 322:1-16.
  14. Lemon KP, Higgins DE, Kolter R. Flagellar motility is critical for Listeria monocytogenes biofilm formation. J Bacteriol. 2007 Jun; 189(12):4418-24.
  15. Lemon KP, Moriya S, Ogasawara N, Grossman AD. Chromosome replication and segregation. Bacillus subtilis and its closest relatives: From genes to cells. Sonenshein AL, Hoch JA, Losick R, editors. 2002; 73-86.
  16. Lemon KP, Grossman AD. The extrusion-capture model for chromosome partitioning in bacteria. Genes Dev. 2001 Aug 15; 15(16):2031-41.
  17. Lemon KP, Kurtser I, Grossman AD. Effects of replication termination mutants on chromosome partitioning in Bacillus subtilis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2001 Jan 2; 98(1):212-7.
  18. Lemon KP, Grossman AD. Movement of replicating DNA through a stationary replisome. Mol Cell. 2000 Dec; 6(6):1321-30.
  19. Katherine Paige Lemon. DNA replication and chromosome partitioning in Bacillus subtilis. 2000.
  20. Lemon KP, Kurtser I, Wu J, Grossman AD. Control of initiation of sporulation by replication initiation genes in Bacillus subtilis. J Bacteriol. 2000 May; 182(10):2989-91.
  21. Lemon KP, Grossman AD. Localization of bacterial DNA polymerase: evidence for a factory model of replication. Science. 1998 Nov 20; 282(5393):1516-9.
  22. Monfar M, Lemon KP, Grammer TC, Cheatham L, Chung J, Vlahos CJ, Blenis J. Activation of pp70/85 S6 kinases in interleukin-2-responsive lymphoid cells is mediated by phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and inhibited by cyclic AMP. Mol Cell Biol. 1995 Jan; 15(1):326-37.
  23. Chung J, Grammer TC, Lemon KP, Kazlauskas A, Blenis J. PDGF- and insulin-dependent pp70S6k activation mediated by phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase. Nature. 1994 Jul 7; 370(6484):71-5.
  24. Dumont FJ, Altmeyer A, Kastner C, Fischer PA, Lemon KP, Chung J, Blenis J, Staruch MJ. Relationship between multiple biologic effects of rapamycin and the inhibition of pp70S6 protein kinase activity. Analysis in mutant clones of a T cell lymphoma. J Immunol. 1994 Feb 1; 152(3):992-1003.
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