|Dr. Elodie Ghedin. Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.|
Congratulations to Elodie Ghedin, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, on receiving a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. A parasitologist and virologist specializing in computational and systems biology, Dr. Ghedin was recognized for using genomic studies to reveal critical information about human pathogens, including fostering international collaborations that aim to improve public health in tropical climates and around the world.
Together with Alison Morris, M.D., M.S., Dr. Ghedin conducts part of her research on lung disease in HIV-infected patients for the NHLBI's Human Lung Microbiome Project. By sequencing the DNA of the communities of microbes that live in people's lungs and can contribute to disease, the team is working to identify the types of lung infections in people with HIV—such as emphysema and COPD—to better understand and treat such conditions in people with and without HIV.
We look forward to further remarkable work from Dr. Ghedin and colleagues.