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NIH Director writes article/blog on grad student Elyse Munoz and Lindner Lab Elyse Munoz is the focus of the first of LabTV profiles that NIH director Francis Collins will be sharing throughout the month of August of young people whose learning experiences have set them on the path to becoming biomedical researchers.
Two CIDD members among 16 faculty PSU just named as Distinguished Professors. Reka Albert, Professor of Physics and Biology, and Eric Harvill, Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, are among the 16 faculty members that the Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs just names as Distinguished Professors.
Battling drug-resistant pathogens Biologist Andrew Read argues for new treatment strategies in race against rapidly evolving 'bugs.'
Job Opportunities
Research Associate positions @ Symbiota Symbiota is seeking exceptional people to join them in their vision of improving agriculture. They are driven to translate breakthrough discoveries into disruptive products. — Posted Aug 13, 2015
Research Fellow @ University of Michigan This is a collaborative project between the labs of Robert Woods at the University of Michigan and Andrew Read at Pennsylvania State University. The position will be based at the University of Michigan, with some time spent at the Center of Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State. — Posted May 20, 2015
Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA — Posted Feb 06, 2015
Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular Parasitology — Posted Mar 15, 2015
Highlights from recent research
Intensity of stress, rather than frequency or duration alone, impact immune response in lizards Intensity of stress, rather than frequency or duration alone, impact immune response in lizards Recent work led by Penn State graduate student Gail McCormick, CIDD researcher Katriona Shea, and Tracy Langkilde suggests that the connection between the host immune response and host stress levels may not only depend on the duration of stress, but also the intensity of those stressors.
Bordetella parapertussis survives in macrophages in lipid-raft enriched phagosomes Bordetella parapertussis survives in macrophages in lipid-raft enriched phagosomes A vaccine that properly induces an immune response against the bacteria that cause whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis and closely related Bordetella parapertussis, is needed to properly control whooping cough prevalence. Currently, wide-spread use of an acellular vaccine containing B. pertussis antigens does not appear to provide cross-protective immunity against B. parapertussis. In the absence of effective antibodies, B. parapertussis is able to survive intracellularly in macrophages by preventing phago-lysosomal fusion.
Leaky vaccines promote the transmission of more virulent virus Leaky vaccines promote the transmission of more virulent virus Recent work by CIDD researcher Andrew Read and colleagues has shown that leaky vaccines can facilitate the evolution of more virulent pathogens. Leaky vaccines prevent the symptoms of disease without preventing transmission. By prolonging host survival, leaky vaccines allow highly virulent pathogens to persist when they ordinarily would kill hosts too rapidly to transmit.
Immune response and insulin signalling alter mosquito feeding behaviour to enhance malaria transmission potential Mosquitoes undergo behavioral changes during malaria infection that are thought to increase transmission of the parasites. Infected mosquitoes are more likely to host seek and persistently feed during the most infectious stage of parasite development compared to uninfected mosquitoes or mosquitoes infected during earlier non-infectious stages. Recent work by Lauren Cator and CIDD colleagues Courtney Murdock, Johanna Ohm, Matt Thomas and Andrew Read has demonstrated that the mechanism behind these behavioral changes is related to insulin signaling pathways in the mosquito midgut.
Measuring population movement during a crisis with cell-phones and satellites Measuring population movement during a crisis with cell-phones and satellites CIDD researcher Nita Bharti combines cell phone data and satellite nightlight imagery collected during a period of political conflict to remotely measure population movement across spatial and temporal scales.
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Millennium Science Complex as viewed from Pollock Field.

Many CIDD faculty and their research groups have re-located to Penn State’s new Millennium Science Complex. This is a state-of-the art research facility which will become the gateway for interdisciplinary research between the Life Sciences and the Material Sciences’ faculty and students.

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