Medical School or Training
University of Missouri School of Medicine, 2006
St. Louis Children's Hospital, Pediatrics, MO, 2009
Pediatric Infectious Diseases, St. Louis Children's Hospital - Washington University, 2012
American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 2002
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 2005
Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS), 2008
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), 2009
Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus, is a bacterial pathogen capable of causing a wide diversity of superficial and invasive human infections, ranging from the relatively common pharyngitis, or “strep throat,” to the less common and more severe necrotizing fasciitis, or “flesh eating disease”. In addition, group A streptococcal infections have been linked to a number of immune-mediated conditions occurring after an acute infection, including arthritis, kidney damage, and rheumatic heart disease, among others. A safe and effective vaccine against group A streptococcus has yet to be developed, partly due to an incomplete understanding of the interaction with the bacterium and the host immune system occurring at sites of infection. Our research seeks to determine how the streptococcal bacteria evade or disable the host immune response to infection. Findings from our research may ultimately identify novel mechanisms to produce protective immunity against group A streptococcus and could eventually help in developing a candidate vaccine.
Dr. Watson joined the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in 2013. In addition to providing clinical care, he conducts basic science research into the mechanisms by which the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus) causes human disease. He is a member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS), the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Away from work, Dr. Watson enjoys spending time with his wife and twin boys hiking and biking around southeast Michigan.