Malaria is caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum; while Yersinia pestis, the bacterium behind the Black Death in the Middle Ages, is still responsible for outbreaks of disease thorughout the world. To battle these and other potentially life-threatening microorganisms, research efforts have focused on detecting infection, developing combative drugs, and achieving an understanding of drug resistance and the pathogenesis of microbial disease.
Arba Ager -Beta-testing diagnostic kits, malaria chemotherapy, identification of drug resistance and control in the field
Ken Fields - Pathogenesis and cell biology of Chlamydia trachomatis
George Munson - Virulence factors of enterotoxigenic E. coli
Gregory Plano - Molecular pathogenesis of Yersinia pestis
Kurt Schesser - Host-bacterial interactions and cellular activities of bacterial virulence factors