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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Researchers study bacterial immunity to understand infectious disease

Patients with cystic fibrosis are often infected by pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the lungs and prevents breathing, often causing death.

P. aeruginosa itself can also be infected by viruses, which can affect the clinical outcomes of cystic fibrosis patients.

Rachel Whitaker Receives Allen Distinguished Investigator Award

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group today announced five new Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) awards to researchers conducting pioneering research in epigenetics, aging, and evolution, including Rachel Whitaker, Associate Professor of Microbiology and leader of the Infection Genomics for One Health research theme at the IGB. Each ADI is funded at $1.5 million over three years, totaling $7.5 million in funding.

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