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Global Infectious Diseases Institute

Reducing the Impact of Infectious Diseases by Supporting Trans-Disciplinary Academic Research
Single-molecule tracking in live Yersinia

Single-molecule tracking in live Yersinia

Type 3 secretion system (T3SS) injectisomes are membrane-embedded multiprotein assemblies used for inter-kingdom transfer of proteins from bacterial pathogens into eukaryotic cells. Read the article here Single-Molecule Tracking in live Yersinia and read more here about the Gahlmann Lab.

Cryoelectron micrograph of E. coli Type 1 pili

Structure of the type 1 pilus

GIDI member Edward Egelman is using Cryoelectron Microscopy to solve biological structures including type 1 pili of uropathogenic E. coli, which is responsible for most urinary tract infections in the world. Courtesy of Weili Zheng and Edward Egelman.


Single-cell electro-phenotyping

The global rise of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains and antibiotic persistence has spurred an urgent need for technologies capable of rapidly screening susceptibility of particular strains to key antibiotics, preferably without requiring time-consuming microbial culture steps New publication from the Swami lab.Read more: Rohani et al., 2018



Bill Petri

Congratulations to Dr. Petri for this NIAID award recognizing his achievements.

11/08/2018 - 1:00pm

Bill Petri Nominated for a MERIT Award by the Director and Staff of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) NIH.

Dr. Yap Boum

Professor Yap Boum II is the regional representative for Epicenter Africa, the research arm of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), known also as Doctors Without Borders. He is currently based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. From 2009 to 2014, Boum headed the Epicenter’s research base in Mbarara, Uganda, leading research projects that included tuberculosis and malaria. Most recently, in Guinea, he was in charge of laboratory coordination for the MSF/Epicenter phase three trial for the vaccine against Ebola, VSV-EBOV.

Boum is currently involved in setting up a research center for diarrheal disease in collaboration with Mbarara University of Sciences and Technology in Uganda, where he has a professorship in microbiology. He also teaches public health and microbiology at the Universities of Yaoundé I, Douala in Cameroon, and in Virginia in the US.

Boum is a co-founder of Kmerpad, a nonprofit that developed washable sanitary pads to empower women and allow them to more fully participate in their education. Kmerpad also aims to have a critical impact on the huge amount of waste generated by the use of non-reusable sanitary pads. In all his work, Boum is inspired by the vision of a healthy and wealthy Africa. He aims to advance research and innovative solutions and to promote the creation of a critical mass of young Africans to address the social and public health challenges Africa faces.

10/17/2018 - 3:00pm

On October 17 Dr. Yap Boum will discuss his collaborations with UVA and his work in Africa. Join us for a lively discussion.

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