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Antibiotic Resistance, Vaccines, Malaria among Projects Funded for U of I Researchers

June 27, 2018

University of Idaho researchers are trying to answer questions that could help slow the spread of antibiotic drug resistance, develop techniques to produce vaccines more quickly and help with treatment of malaria thanks to three federal grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The awards to Eva Top, Craig Miller and Holly Wichman in the College of Science and Shirley Luckhart in the colleges of Science and Agricultural and Life Sciences, total nearly $5 million to support multiyear studies aimed at improving disease treatment.

“We are proud that College of Science faculty have received national recognition,” said Ginger Carney, dean in the U of I College of Science. “Each project applies creative and transformative approaches to solving major human health-related problems.”

Michael Parrella, dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, echoed Carney’s thoughts.

“College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researchers rank among the top experts in their fields,” he said. “This grant addresses one of the world’s great health challenges, and we are glad to play a role in helping people around the globe.”

U of I projects selected by NIH include:

“We are grateful for this investment from both NIGMS and NIAID to support biomedical research at the University of Idaho,” said Janet E. Nelson, the university’s vice president for Research and Economic Development. “Our faculty are knowledgeable across a wide range of disciplines and exhibit an exceptional commitment to providing fundamental knowledge in efforts to improve health and well-being.”

Top’s research, “Plasmid-Bacteria Coevolution Promotes the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance,” was funded through National Institutes of Health grant No. 2 R01 AI084918 via the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The total amount of federal funds for the project is $1,816,801, which amounts to 100 percent of the total cost of the project.

Miller and Wichman’s project, “Patterns of Adaptive Evolution,” was funded through National Institutes of Health grant No. 2R01GM076040-10 via the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The total amount of federal funds for the project is $1,162,668, which amounts to 100 percent of the total cost of the project.

Luckhart’s research, “Malaria and Allergic Inflammatory Changes to the Gut Barrier,” was funded through National Institutes of Health grant No. R01 AI131609 via the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The total amount of federal funds for the project is $1,903,861, which amounts to 100 percent of the total cost of the project.

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Phillip Bogdan
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University of Idaho
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