Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health

Shira Abeles, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases

9500 Gilman Drive MC 0612
La Jolla, CA 92093-0612

Telephone: (858) 246-5725
Email: sabeles@ucsd.edu


Dr. Abeles received her Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, with a certificate in Dance.  She then worked as a teacher in Nepal where she decided to pursue a career in medicine. She earned her medical degree at Columbia University, and completed residency in internal medicine at University of California, San Diego.  She stayed at UCSD to pursue her fellowship in Infectious Diseases during which she studied correlates of Plasmodium vivax transmission in the Peruvian Amazon under Dr. Joseph Vinetz, and subsequently focused on antibiotic effects on the human microbiome and its resistance genes under Dr. David Pride.  Dr. Abeles joined the UCSD faculty in 2014 and continues her translational research on the impact of various antibiotic courses on the emergence and transmissibility of antibiotic resistance genes within the human microbiome and among household members.   In addition, she works with Dr. Francesca Torriani and the healthcare epidemiology/ infection prevention unit on infection prevention initiatives.  She continues her clinical work at the Owen Clinic where she treats women with HIV

Research Interests

Selected Publications

  1. Abeles SR, Pride DT. Molecular bases and role of viruses in the human microbiome. J Mol Biol. 2014 Jul 11. pii: S0022-2836(14)00330-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2014.07.002.
  2. Naidu M, Robles-Sikisaka R, Abeles SR, Boehm TK, Pride DT. Characterization of bacteriophage communities and CRISPR profiles from dental plaque.  BMC Microbiol. 2014 Jun 30;14(1):175.
  3. Robles-Sikisaka R, Naidu M, Ly M, Salzman J, Abeles SR, Boehm TK, Pride DT.  Conservation of streptococcal CRISPRs on human skin and saliva. BMC Microbiol. 2014 Jun 6;14:146.
  4. Ly M , Abeles SR, Boehm T, Robles-Sikisaka R, Naidu M, Santiago-Rodriguez T. Pride DT. Altered oral viral ecology in association with periodontal disease. MBio. 2014 May 20;5(3):e01133-14.
  5. Abeles SR, Robles-Sikisaka R, Ly M, Lum AG, Salzman J, Boehm T, Pride DT. Human oral viruses are personal, persistent, and gender consistent. ISME J. 2014 Mar 20. doi: 0.1038/ismej.2014.31.
  6. Abeles SR, Chuquiyauri R, Tong C, Vinetz JM. Human host-derived cytokines associated with Plasmodium vivax transmission from acute malaria patients to Anopheles darlingi mosquitoes in the Peruvian Amazon. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Jun;88(6):1130-7.