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Janet R Gilsdorf M.D.

Biography:

The Haemophilus influenzae Research Laboratory, funded by the National Institutes of Health, studies the interactions between bacteria and humans during H. influenzae colonization and infection. The goal of these studies is to identify strategies to prevent sinusitis, otitis media, and bronchitis caused by H. influenzae.

Current ongoing studies include a molecular and evolutionary analysis of H. influenzae virulence factors associated with asymptomatic colonization, acute otitis media, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bacterial transmission; molecular mechanisms of H. influenzae antigenic diversity; and molecular epidemiology of H. influenzae colonization and infection.