Prominent scientists named to lead ASU Biodesign Institute Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

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Charles Arntzen, a researcher who discovered a method for producing an Ebola treatment in a tobacco plant, and Cheryl Nickerson, a microbiologist who discovered that mechanical cues can globally reprogram how pathogens cause disease, have been named to lead the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology as interim co-directors. Cheryl Nickerson serves as Editor-in-Chief for npj Microgravity.

The Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, one of 15 research centers at the growing Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, is dedicated to finding innovative strategies to protect people against infectious diseases caused by pathogens like Ebola, HIV, salmonella, mycobacterium, and norovirus. Infectious diseases account for more than one-third of the world’s deaths and are the No. 1 killer of children and young adults globally.

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