New Funding to Help U of G Scientists Probe Lyme Disease, Biofilm Link

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2022

Microbiologists in the College of Biological Science are the first Canadian scientists to receive research funding from the Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), a charitable organization based in the United States. The $100,000, one-year award will aid in learning more about the bacteria that cause the disease, including pointing the way to better diagnostic tools, said Dr. Cezar Khursigara, a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB). Along with MCB professor Dr. Melanie Wills, Khursigara is testing a recent theory that the bug creates biofilms that help it resist the body’s immune defences as well as medications.

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