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The BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship recognizes outstanding postdoctoral researchers at the University of Arizona who are engaging in multi-disciplinary research projects aligned with the foci of the BIO5 Institute. These grants are specifically designed to support and enhance the independent research goals of BIO5 postdoctoral researchers, showcase their research at a BIO5 Research Symposium via short talks and/or poster sessions, and to facilitate a “forward thinking” mindset by requiring each fellow to form a three-member mentoring committee.
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Immunobiology associate professor at the UA College of Medicine-Tucson and BIO5 faculty Dr. Deepta Bhattacharya, studies how the body deals with damaged cells and protects against chronic health issues. Dr. Bhattacharya says key cells in our immune system can be made more efficient in keeping us safe from infectious diseases.
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BIO5 member Dr. Michael Johnson, Assistant Professor of Immunobiology in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is using a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to explore whether copper could be the cornerstone for the next generation of antibiotics.
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A common parasite found in cat intestines may take away the natural fear of dangerous behavior from some animals—and humans. Dr. Anita Koshy, member of the BIO5 Institute and an Associate Professor in the UA College of Medicine's Department of Neurology, as well as in the Department of Immunobiology, is focused on researching this parasite, called Toxoplasma gondii, and how it interacts with the brain.
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For this month’s blog, we had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Kuhns, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Immunobiology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Kuhns, who is also a member of the BIO5 Institute, began his research journey training with 2018 Nobel Prize winner James Allison at UC Berkeley, where he studied the role of CTLA-4 in regulating CD4 T cell responses.
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BIO5 researcher Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, who leads the Department of Immunobiology at the UA College of Medicine—Tucson and the Arizona Center on Aging, is investigating why the immune system works effectively for some people and fails for others.
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Fungal infections such as aspergillosis, blastomycosis, and coccidioidomycosis can settle in the lungs if you unknowingly inhale spores in the air.  Dr.  John Galgiani, BIO5 member and an infectious-disease specialist at the UA College of Medicine talks about signs, symptoms, and how to treat an infection local to Arizona, Valley Fever.
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A London researcher is making sure women in science get the recognition they deserve by updating Wikipedia bios, one women scientist at a time. In her initiative to highlight diversity in STEM, she also recognized the BIO5 Institutes's Dr. Michael Johnson, UA assistant professor of immunobiology, who created the popular Black Science Blog.
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In an effort to find novel ways of boosting the immune systems of aging adults, UA scientists, including BIO5's Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, co-director of the UA Center on Aging, have found that the virus cytomegalovirus (CMV) appears to strengthen the body's immune defenses.
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Dr. Esther Sternberg, BIO5 member, UA Professor of Medicine, and Director of UA's Institute on Place and Well Being, is researching devices that can track stress and immune molecules in sweat. The goal is to eventually create wearable devices that can track our responses to environmental events in real time.
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Dr. Leslie V. Boyer, BIO5 member and founding Director of the UA's Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response (VIPER) Institute, gives tips on how to best treat snake bites in preparation for summer.
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A coalition of researchers, including BIO5's Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich and several others from the UA, have received a $10 million grant over five years to conduct research on the human immune system and aging.
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Dr. Leslie Boyer, BIO5 member and director of UA VIPER Institute, had a hand in fellow UA researcher's recent discovery of a treatment therapy that can buy more time for snakebite victims.
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Research being done by a team of BIO5 researchers could very possibly lead to the future of asthma prevention. By studying dust found in homes and barns on Amish farms, these scientists believe they can revolutionize the next generation of drugs to treat asthma.
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We have yet to find a cure for most human neurodegenerative disorders. However, because all of these diseases share a common underlying mechanism, BIO5 researcher Dr. Tricia Serio believes that we will soon be able to halt and reverse their progression — by way of baker’s yeast.
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Pain is the most common and most expensive disease in the United States and throughout the world. The lab of BIO5's Dr. Hruby, has spent the last 10 years experimenting with new strategies to deal with this problem, focusing on effective therapies without the toxicity that is present in pain medications on the market today.
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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base partners with UA’s Valley Fever Center of Excellence and College of Agriculture to study the relationship between the respiratory disease and turf grass, focusing on the health of Air Force working dogs.
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By looking at an aging mouse's response to West Nile virus, BIO5 member Dr. Michael Kuhns and his research team have discovered that their immune system's T-Cells work differently, not simply decline, as they age. Understanding this, Dr. Kuhns hopes research will improve efforts to tailor vaccines for the elderly.