Chi Selected as 2009 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases

Durham, N.C. (May 2009) – Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the Duke University Medical Center was selected as a 2009 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases for his research project entitled: Sequence determinant of the Plasmodium falciparumgene regulation by human microRNAs.

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award provides $500,000 during a five-year period to encourage multidisciplinary approaches to investigating pathogenesis. BWF launched the program in 2002 and has made 78 awards for an investment of more than $33 million in the careers of assistant professor-level researchers who are working on understanding the interactions between the human host and the infectious agent–bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic.

“Infectious diseases remain a concern to global health,” BWF President Dr. John Burris said. “We are proud to support the work of creative investigators who study the crucial interaction between the host and the microbe.”

For a complete list of 2009 award recipients, along with their institutions and research projects, please visit the Burroughs Wellcome Fund web site.

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