Mariana Kikuti, DVM, MPH, PhD

Researcher 5, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
Mariana Kikuti



PhD, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil 2018

DVM, Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Brazil, 2010

MPH, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil, 2014

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Dr. Kikuti is a veterinary doctor with an MPH and PhD in epidemiology. Currently, she is a Researcher at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, United States. Her research interests focus on epidemiology of emerging and infectious diseases. Her current work involves mainly curating a PRRSV sequence library and using molecular epidemiology approaches to investigate patterns of disease transmission and viral evolution.

Awards & recognition

  • Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease, Boehringer Ingelheim. 2019.
  • Young Researcher Award (3rd place), Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine. 2014.


Selected publications

  • Sanhueza, Juan M., Stevenson, Mark A., Vilalta, Carles, Kikuti, Mariana, Corzo, Cesar A. . Spatial relative risk and factors associated with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome outbreaks in United States breeding herds. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, v. 183, p. 105128, 2020.
  • Vilalta, Carles, Sanhueza, Juan M., Schwartz, Mark, Kikuti, Mariana, Torremorrell, Montserrat, Corzo, Cesar A.  Assessing the litter level agreement of RT-PCR results for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus in testicles, tails and udder wipes diagnostic samples relative to serum from piglets. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, v. 1, p. 105211, 2020.
  • Kikuti, Mariana, Cruz, Jaqueline S., Rodrigues, Moreno S., Tavares, Aline S., Paploski, Igor A. D., Silva, Monaise M. O., Santana, Perla M., Tauro, Laura B., Silva, Greice A. O. F., Campos, Gúbio S., Araújo, Josèlio M. G., Kitron, Uriel, Reis, Mitermayer G., Ribiero, Guilherme S. Accuracy of the SD BIOLINE Dengue Duo for rapid point-of-care diagnosis of dengue. PLoS One, v. 14, p. e0213301, 2019.
  • Kikuti, M.; Tauro, L. B. ; Moreira, P. S. S. ; Nascimento, L. C. J. ; Portilho, M. M. ; Campos, G. S. ; Weaver, S. ; Reis, M. G. ; Kitron, U. ; Ribiero, G. S. . Evaluation of two commercially available chikungunya virus IgM enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISA) in a setting of concomitant transmission of chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, v. 91, p. 38-43, 2019.
  • Ribviero, G. S. ; Kikuti, M. ; Tauro, L. B. ; Nascimento, L. C. J. ; Cardoso, C. W. ; Campos, S, G. S. ; Ko, A. I. ; Weaver, S. ; Reis, M. G. ; Kitron, U. . Does immunity after Zika virus infection cross-protect against dengue?. Lancet Global Health, v. 6, p. e140-e141, 2018.
  • Ribiero, Guilherme S ; Kikuti, Mariana ; Tauro, Laura B ; Cardoso, Cristiane W ; Paploski, Igor AD ; Ko, Albert I ; Weaver, Scott C ; Reis, Mitermayer G ; Kitron, N, Uriel . Can Zika virus antibodies cross-protect against dengue virus? - Authors' reply. Lancet Global Health, v. 6, p. e495, 2018.
  • Kikuti, M.; Tauro, L. B. ; Moreira, P. S. S. ; Campos, G. S. ; Paploski, I. A. D. ; Weaver, S. ; Reis, M. G. ; Kitron, U. ; Ribiero, G. S. . Diagnostic performance of commercial IgM and IgG enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISAs) for diagnosis of Zika virus infection. Virology Journal, v. 15, p. 1, 2018.
  • Kikuti, Mariana; Cardoso, Cristiane W. ; Prates, Ana P.B. ; Paploski, Igor A.D. ; Kitron, Uriel ; Reis, Mitermayer G. ; Mochida, Ganeshwaran H. ; Ribiero, Guilherme S. . Congenital brain abnormalities during a Zika virus epidemic in Salvador, Brazil, April 2015 to July 2016. Eurosurveillance, v. 23, p. 1, 2018.
  • Cardoso, Cristiane W. ; Kikuti, Mariana ; Prates, Ana Paula P. B. ; Paploski, Igor A. D. ; Tauro, Laura B. ; Silva, Monaise M. O. ; Santana, Perla ; Rego, Marta F. S. ; Reis, Mitermayer ; Dexheimer Paploski, Igor Adolfo ; Souza, Raquel Lima ; Tauro, Laura Beatriz ; Cardoso, Cristiane Wanderley ; Mugabe, Vànio Andrè ; Pereira Simòes Alves, Anna Beatriz ; De Jesus Gomes, Joice ; Kikuti, Mariana ; Campos, Gubio Soares ; Sardi, Sìlvia ; Weaver, Scott C. ; Reis, Mitermayer Galvào ; Kitron, Uriel ; Ribiero, Guilherme Sousa . Epizootic Outbreak of Yellow Fever Virus and Risk for Human Disease in Salvador, Brazil. Annals of Internal Medicine, v. 1, p. 1, 2017.
  • Paploski, Igor Adolfo Dexheimer ; Prates, A. P. P. B. ; Cardoso, C. W. ; Kikuti, M. ; Silva, M. M. O. ; Waller, L. A. ; Reis, M. G. ; Kitron, U. ; Ribiero, G. S. . Time Lags between Exanthematous Illness Attributed to Zika Virus, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and Microcephaly, Salvador, Brazil. Emerging Infectious Diseases, v. 22, p. 1-10, 2016.
  • Kikuti, M.; Cunha, G. M. ; Paploski, I. A. D. ; Kasper, A. M. ; Silva, M. M. O. ; Tavares, A. S. ; Cruz, J. S. ; Queiroz, T. L. ; Rodrigues, M. S. ; Santana, P. M. ; Lima, H. C. A. V. ; Calcagno, J. ; Takahashi, D. ; Goncalves, A. H. O. ; Araujo, J. M. G. ; Gauthier, K. ; Diuk-Wasser, M. A. ; Kitron, U. ; Ko, A. I. ; Reis, M. G. ; Ribiero, G. S. . Spatial Distribution of Dengue in a Brazilian Urban Slum Setting: Role of Socioeconomic Gradient in Disease Risk. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (Online), v. 9, p. e0003937, 2015.
  • Cardoso, C. W. ; Paploski, I. A. D. ; Kikuti, M. ; Rodrigues, M. S. ; Silva, M. M. O. ; Campos, G. S. ; Sardi, S. I. ; Kitron, U. ; Reis, M. G. ; Ribiero, G. S. . Outbreak of Exanthematous Illness Associated with Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue Viruses, Salvador, Brazil. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Print), v. 21, p. 1, 2015.