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Brody researchers awarded grant to study how pathogens ‘talk’

Everett “Eb” Pesci and Jim Coleman
(9/22/14) —

By Amy Ellis

ECU News Services

Two researchers at the Brody School of Medicine have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue the work they began years ago on one of the world’s most common bacterial pathogens.

Everett “Eb” Pesci and Jim Coleman, professors in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, were recently awarded a four-year grant totaling $1,475,851 to continue studying the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which Pesci said is “everywhere.”


“It’s commonly found on flowers, vegetables and things like that,” he said. “We eat it all the time, but healthy bodies can fight it off.” Pesci said the bug is opportunistic, meaning it infects people whose immune systems are compromised in some way due to illness.

 

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