Navigation Links
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."


'/>"/>

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

Related biology news :

1. Animal and biological science highlights: San Antonio Fluid Dynamics Conference, Nov. 23-25
2. CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
3. 31st Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
4. The BBVA Foundation presents its Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
5. Five outstanding young gastroenterologists receive AGA Foundation 2009 Research Scholars Award
6. Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation awards $191,000 in grants
7. The evolutionary foundation of genomic imprinting in lower vertebrates
8. UC Davis bioengineer receives Hartwell Foundation grant to address skull fusion disorder of infants
9. G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation funds purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for UMs Rosenstiel School
10. $10 million Simons Foundation gift supports new initiative with Institute for Advanced Study
11. Innerscope Research(R) Receives Three Great Minds Innovation Awards from the Advertising Research Foundation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/6/2017)... 2017 Forecasts by Product Type ... by End-Use (Transportation & Logistics, Government & Public Sector, ... Fossil Generation Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, Business Organisation ... Are you looking for a definitive report on the ... ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... , April 4, 2017 KEY FINDINGS ... anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 25.76% during ... diseases is the primary factor for the growth of ... report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/4807905/ MARKET INSIGHTS The global ... product, technology, application, and geography. The stem cell market ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... LOS ANGELES , March 30, 2017  On ... Hack the Genome hackathon at ... This exciting two-day competition will focus on developing health ... experience. Hack the Genome is ... has been tremendous. The world,s largest companies in the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (PRWEB) , ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... website as part of its corporate rebranding initiative announced today. The bold new ... broaden its reach, as the company moves into a significant growth period. , It ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... SomaGenics announced the receipt of a Phase ... (Single Cell), expected to be the first commercially available ... from single cells using NGS methods. The NIH,s recent ... development of approaches to analyze the heterogeneity of cell ... for measuring levels of mRNAs in individual cells have ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... ... At its national board meeting in North Carolina, ARCS® Foundation ... Physics and Astronomy, has been selected for membership in ARCS Alumni Hall of ... Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... 6, 2017  The 2017 Nobel Prize in ... Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and ... cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) have helped to broaden ... biology community. The winners worked with systems manufactured ... produce highly resolved, three-dimensional images of protein structures ...
Breaking Biology Technology: