Tuberculosis and Phage

December 3, 2019

Mr. Deus Kamya was a recent graduate from Makerere University in Uganda when he attended our very first Phage Workshop in 2017. Now he has won 3 small grants to support his master's thesis research on phages. His story is a prime example of how someone can quickly learn and apply experimental techniques in phage biology to address antibiotic resistance.

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With funding from organizations such as the World Bank and the US National Institutes of Health, Deus is studying how a subset of phages called mycobacteriophages might be used against the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. It's important work since roughly 1.8 billion people — nearly 25% of the global population — currently have tuberculosis. Indeed, this bacteria has become one of the most significant antibiotic-resistant pathogens worldwide.

Please help us train more scientists like Deus. Matching funds are available for online contributions made today, and all donations are tax deductible!

With gratitude,

Tobi Nagel, PhD - President
Karen Erickson - Treasurer
James B. Lin - Secretary

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Together with others, Dr. Atunga Nyachieo and Ivy Mutai, who were participants in our 2017 and 2018 East Africa Phage Workshops, have now taught phage biology to 70 individuals through their home institution in Kenya. You can read more about this work in their recent publication (click on the photo, which shows Ivy and Dr. Tobi Nagel enjoying time together during the 2018 workshop).