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NIH scientist speaks Dec. 3

November 18, 2009

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Dr. Michael Otto of the National Institute of Health will lecture on "Attacking human white blood cells: A successful strategy of pandemic community-associated MRSA," at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Byker auditorium of the Chemistry Research Building.

Otto focuses on molecular techniques in an infectious disease capacity, specifically staphylococcal diseases. He covers a wide spectrum of virulence factors, host responses, biofilm
host responses, biofilm physiology (S. epidermidis) and molecular evolution.

Otto is the chief of Pathogen Molecular Genetics Section and senior investigator, Laboratory of Human Bacterial Pathogenesis at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the
National Institutes of Health.

His lecture sponsored by the MSU molecular biosciences program.

Stephanie Cunningham, 994-6652, scunningham@montana.edu