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The profound success of pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and HIV in causing disease depends on their ability to successfully utilize the host’s cellular machinery for their own advantage to avert its immune system. Understanding these pathways or processes essential for the life cycle of these pathogens is crucial, as it represents potential targets for new drug strategies.

Lab News and Events

Upcoming event: PacTB Symposium.

Fikadu Tafesse, Ph.D. with alpaca.

Congratulations to the Tafesse lab. They've received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their research project, Nanobodies as a Targeted-Therapeutic Against MtbRead more.




Fikadu Tafesse

Professor Tafesse is featured as part of OHSU's Onward campaign. See more. 



                                                                                                                                                                                     PLoS pathogens illustration

Flaviviruses, such as Zika and Dengue virus, manipulate the lipid content of host cells to replicate and cause disease. Read our new review.