Arrizabalaga Receives Substantive Grant From NIH

Friday, July 23 2010

Gustavo Arrizabalaga , associate professor of microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry, has been awarded a four-year, $979, 496 grant from the National Institutes of Health. The health-related research and development award will enable him to investigate a novel way to kill the human parasite Toxoplasma gondii. T. gondii infects 30 percent of the world population, including the U.S. and can cause devastating disease during pregnancy. Arrizabalaga's research group recently discovered a new molecular pathway that, when induced, leads to the parasite dying. The award from the NIH will allow his group to characterize this pathway so it can be use as a target for drug development.