Dr. Samantha King, principal investigator in the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, in collaboration with nephrologist Dr. John Mahan, and Peter White, director of the Biomedical Genomics Core, are investigating why some children develop the devastating sequelae hemolytic uremic syndrome following infection with the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. They are using genomics to analyze a collection of strains from the CDC to determine if bacteria isolated from patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome have specific traits. It is hoped that this research will provide the means for physicians to identify patients at risk and result in improved treatments.
Contact: Samantha King
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