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Kristin E. Mullins, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Associate Director, Core Laboratories & POCT, University of Maryland Medical Center

Education and Training

BS: Biochemistry, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (2003-2007)

BS: Medical Technology, SUNY-Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York (2008-2010)

PhD: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland (2010-2015)

Fellowship: Laboratory Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (2016-2018)




Dr. Mullins is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology. She is also the Associate Director of the Core Laboratories and Point of Care Testing at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She completed a ComAA accredited training program in Laboratory Medicine/Clinical Chemistry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 


Research/Clinical Keywords

Clinical Chemistry, Serology, Molecular Diagnostics, Core Laboratory

Highlighted Publications

Amy C. Fleshman*, Kristin E. Mullins*, Jason W. Sahl*, Crystal M. Hepp, Nathan C. Nieto, Kristin Wiggins, Heidie Hornstra O’Neil, Daryl J. Kelly, Teik- Chye Chan, Sabine Dittrich, Daniel H. Paris, Paul Newton, Allen L. Richards, Talima Pearson. (2018) Comparative pan-genomic analyses of Orientia tsutsugamushi demonstrates the unprecedented extent to which gene duplication and divergence drive genomic diversity. Microb Genom. 4:9

Kristin E. Mullins, Alice N. Maina, Laura Krueger, Ju Jiang, Robert Cummings, Allan Drusys, Greg Williams, Major Dhillon, Allen L. Richards. (2018) Rickettsial Infections among Cats and Cat Fleas in Riverside County, California. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 99:2.291-296

Robert H. Christenson, Kristin Mullins, Show-Hong Duh. (2018) Validation of high-sensitivity performance for a United States Food and Drug Administration cleared cardiac troponin I assay. Clin Biochem 56: 4-10.

Alice N. Maina , Terry A. Klein, Heung-Chul Kim, Sung-Tae Chong, Yu Yang, Kristin Mullins, Ju Jiang, Heidi St. John, Richard G. Jarman, Jun Hang, Allen L. Richards. (2017) Molecular characterization of novel mosquito-borne Rickettsia from mosquitoes collected at the Demilitarized Zone of the Republic of Korea. PLOS One, 12:11. e0188327











Additional Publication Citations

Peer- Reviewed:

Kristin E. Mullins*Jun Hang*, Robert J. Clifford*, Fatma Onmus-Leone, Yu Yang, Ju Jiang, Mariana Leguia, Matthew R. Kasper, Ciro Maguina, Emil P. Lesho, Richard G. Jarman, Allen Richards, David Blazes. (2017) Isolation and analysis of human pathogens causing verruga peruana in rural ancash region of Peru revealed a novel Bartonella phylogenetic lineage. Emerg Infect Dis, 23:3. 430-438

Jun Hang*, Kristin E Mullins*Robert J Clifford*, Fatma Onmus-Leone, Yu Yang, Ju Jiang, Mariana Leguia, Matthew R Kasper, Ciro Maguina, Emil P Lesho, Richard G Jarman, Allen Richards, David Blazes. (2015) Complete genome sequence of Bartonella ancashensis strain 20.00 isolated from the blood of a patient with verruga peruana. G Announcement: 3:e01217-15

Kristin E. Mullins, Jun Hang, Ju Jiang, Mariana Leguia, Matthew R. Kasper, Palmira Ventosilla, Ciro Maguiña, Richard G. Jarman, David Blazes, Allen Richards. (2015) Description of Bartonella ancashensis nov. isolated from the blood of two patients with verruga peruana. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 65:10. 3339-3343.

Kristin E. Mullins, Jun Hang, Ju Jiang, Mariana Leguia, Matthew R. Kasper, Ciro Maguiña, Richard G. Jarman, David L. Blazes, Allen L. Richards (2013) Molecular typing of Candidatus Bartonella ancashi, a new human pathogen causing verruga peruana . J Clin Microbiol. 51:11. 3865-3868.

David Blazes, Kristin Mullins, Bonnie Smoak, Ju Jiang, Jesus Gonzalez, Enrique Canal, Nelson Solarzano, Eric Hall, Rina Meza, Ciro Maguina, Todd Myers, Allen L. Richards, Larry Laughlin (2013) A novel Bartonella  agent as cause of verruga peruana. Emerg Infect Dis. 19:7. 1111-1114.

Review Articles:

Alison Luce-Fedrow, Marcie L. Lehman, Daryl J. Kelly, Kristin Mullins, Alice N. Maina, Richard L. Stewart, Hong Ge, Heidi St. John, Ju Jiang, Allen L. Richards. (2018) A Review of Scrub Typhus (Orientia tsutsugamushi and Related Organisms): Then, Now, and Tomorrow. Trop Med Infect Dis, 3(1): 8


Alison Luce-Fedrow, Kristin Mullins, Alex P. Kostik, Ju Jiang, Allen L. Richards (2015) Strategies for Detecting Rickettsiae and Diagnosing Rickettsial Diseases. Future Microbiol. 10:4.537-64.

Book Chapters:

Infectious Diseases of Livestock, JAW Coetzer, GR Thomson, NJ Maclachlan and M-L Penrith (Editors). AL Fedrow, KE Mullins, ML Lehman and RL Stewart, Lesser known rickettsial infections in animals and humans, 2019.


Soghier, Lamia M. (editor), Karen Fratantoni (contributing editor), Christine Reyes (contributing editor), and Kristin Mullins (assistant editor). Reference Range Values for Pediatric Care. 2019.