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UTSA wins San Antonio Area Foundation grant to further chlamydia research
Date:6/23/2009

San Antonio Ashlesh Murthy, the newest research assistant professor in the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has received a $32,000 grant from the Semp Russ Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation to study the role of CD8-positive T-cells in chlamydia infections. Chlamydia, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, is the nation's most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease.

Nearly 2.8 million new chlamydia cases are reported each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the disease is most prevalent among teen girls. The infection rate in Texas is slightly higher than the national average. Nearly 17% of Texas females in the 15-19 age group test positive for the infection.

However, experts believe even more chlamydia cases exist than are reported, because the disease generally progresses without exhibiting noticeable symptoms. Left untreated, chlamydia infections can do severe damage in women, causing ectopic pregnancies, pelvic inflammatory disease and even infertility. In men, complications can occur but are generally less severe.

Murthy, a practicing physician from India, entered the Ph.D. program in cellular and molecular biology (CMB) at UTSA in 2002. Working alongside Bernard Arulanandam, professor of microbiology and immunology in UTSA's Department of Biology, Murthy has conducted significant chlamydia research, resulting in findings that have been presented both nationally and internationally by UTSA's chlamydia team.

In 2006, Murthy earned his Ph.D., the first CMB Ph.D. degree awarded by the university. Thereafter, he completed two years of post-doctoral research in UTSA's infectious disease center. Recently, he joined UTSA's Department of Biology as a research assistant professor. The San Antonio Area Foundation award is Murthy's first funding as principal investigator.

"We know that CD8-positive T-cells respond to chlamydia infection, but it is not clear how they affect the infection process and disease development," said Murthy, the study's principal investigator. "The grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation will help us explore the role of these cells and obtain better insights."


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Contact: Christi Fish
christi.fish@utsa.edu
210-458-7584
University of Texas at San Antonio
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