Aballay Receives Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Durham, N.C. (June 2009) – The Duke University Medical Center Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology recently promoted Alejandro Aballay, PhD, to Associate Professor with tenure.

Aballay joined the Department in 2002 as an assistant professor. Before coming to Duke, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Frederick M. Ausubel at Harvard Medical School. In the Ausubel lab, Aballay developed a novel pathogenesis system utilizing the simple well-studied nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and the common human bacterial pathogen Salmonella enterica.

Aballay’s research currently focuses on the use of C. elegans as a host to screen thousands of bacterial clones from mutagenized libraries to identify novel Salmonella virulence factors and to address how they alter host signaling pathways. His lab is also exploiting the genetic and genomic resources available for C. elegans to study the basis of the immune response.

Aballay earned his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Juan A. Maza University, in Mendoza, Argentina, in 1994. He finished his master’s equivalent studies in 1995 and obtained his doctorate in Molecular and Cell Biology from Nacional de Cuyo University in 1998.___________________________________________________

For detailed information, please visit Alejandro Aballay, PhD, on the Center for Host-Microbial Interactions web site.