July 13, 2007

Professor Eckhard Jankowsky, Ph.D Awarded $500,000 for Infectious Disease Research

Eckhard Jankowsky, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, has been selected as one of 16 nationwide award winners for the highly competitive Burroughs Wellcome Award for Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease.

The award, $500,000 over 5 years, provides opportunities for investigators to study the pathogenesis of infectious disease at the very elemental level. Over 138 physicians, scientists and investigators from top-medical schools vied for consideration.

"To understand how a cell confronts viral pathogens on a molecular level is critical for our picture of the cellular antiviral response; especially for the response to hepatitis C, West Nile, and influenza viruses." said Jankowsky.

Dr. Jankowsky's research begins in July and concentrates on molecular mechanisms by which the cellular receptors RIG-I and MDA5 identify pathogens and activate the cellular antiviral response. The result of the teamwork will have significant implications for future development of antiviral drugs.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, July 13, 2007 09:48 AM | News Topics: Faculty, Healthcare, School of Medicine

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