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Professor Chris Pappas Awarded Funding for Research by National Science Foundation

pappas copyManhattanville College and Dr. Christopher Pappas from the Department of Biology have been awarded funding to conduct research at the Institut Pasteur located in Paris, France for 24 months, from the Office of International Science and Engineering within the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The award will support research on the genus of bacteria responsible for the disease leptospirosis, a global emerging infectious disease. There are approximately one million cases of leptospirosis reported annually worldwide, and it is expected the fatality rate from this disease exceeds 10 percent.

The proposed research by Dr. Pappas will help us gain a greater understanding of the biology of leptospires. Improving our knowledge of these bacteria may help future efforts towards early identification and treatment of the disease. The research will be conducted by Dr. Pappas within the host laboratory of Dr. Mathieu Picardeau, an established spirochete researcher and head of the Biology of Spirochetes Unit at the Institut Pasteur, a world renowned institution for the advancement of biological research and public health. Additionally, this project helps transcend borders as it ties together investigators both from Manhattanville College and the Institut Pasteur to reach towards the common goal of the advancement of science.

More information on this funding is publicly available through the NSF award page.