- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

ORONO, Maine (AP) - A North Carolina research foundation is awarding a University of Maine professor $500,000 to study how common pathogens become potentially deadly.

The university said Wednesday that the Burroughs Wellcome Fund is awarding Robert Wheeler the five-year grant. Wheeler is an assistant professor of microbiology at the university.

He will study how Candida albicans, the most common human fungal pathogen, transforms into a potentially fatal fungus in the vital organs of people with compromised immune systems. Wheeler said in a statement that the goal of his work will be to improve diagnosis and therapy of fungal infection.

The university described Candida albicans as the leading cause of hospital-acquired infection and the cause of several thousand annual deaths in the United States.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide