BWF Names 2019 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

20 May 2019

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK , N.C. -- The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2019 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. The award provides opportunities for accomplished researchers to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases.

The award program is highly competitive and provides $500,000 over a period of five years. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry, stimulating higher risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained.

“Infectious disease is an ever increasing risk to human health,” said Fund President Dr. John Burris. “The investigators recognized with this award are innovative thinkers and providing them with funding to answer challenging questions will have major impacts.”

The 2019 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease are:

Theresa Alenghat, D.V.M., PhD
University of Cincinnati
Dietary regulation of innate intestinal immunity

Francis Alonzo, PhD
Loyola University-Chicago
Deciphering how bacterial pathogens evade innate immunity

Isaac M. Chiu, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Neuronal regulation of influenza virus infection

Jun R. Huh, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Maternal gut bacteria, viral infection and neurodevelopmental disorder

Ivaylo Ivanov, PhD
Columbia University
Regulation of mucosal infections by innate lymphoid cells

Leigh Knodler, PhD
Washington State University
Remain confined or break free? Intracellular niche selection by Gram-negative bacteria

Kristin N. Parent, PhD
Michigan State University
Enter the goliaths: structure and function of giant virus entry mechanisms

John W. Schoggins, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas
Genetic dissection of innate immune pathways that modulate viral infection

Kimberley D. Seed, PhD
University of California - Berkeley
The impact of fluctuating microenvironments on phage-bacteria interactions in the human intestinal tract

Randy Stockbridge, PhD
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The molecular physiology of long-range electrical communication in bacterial biofilms 

Ellen Yeh, M.D., PhD
Stanford University
Targeting an ancient endosymbiosis in modern-day parasites