Bastidas and Barker Receive Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards

June 26, 2012

Durham, NC — Robert Bastidas, PhD and Jeffrey Barker, PhD, post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, have each received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Health and Infectious Disease (NIAID) for their work on innate host responses to Chlamydial pathogens. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards individual postdoctoral research training fellowships to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

Bastidas and Barker both work in the laboratory of Raphael Valdivia, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of Graduate Studies.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. For more than 60 years, NIAID research has let to new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies that have improved the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world.