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NEWS

 

A SELECTION OF NEWS & RESOURCES ABOUT TICK-BORNE DISEASES

Increased incidences of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, making this a pressing public health issue:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/lyme-disease/index.html

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/tickborne-diseases-are-likely-increase-say-nih-officials

An overview of Lyme disease research, as outlined by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:

https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease

Lyme disease resources for the general public, provided by CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

LAB NEWS

Original research from our lab has been highlighted by various journals, including cover images and commentaries:

Click here for an overview of journal highlights.

Ms. Shelby Foor, a senior PhD student in the Pal Lab, presented at the Virginia Tech Annual Research Symposium in March 2021. Her poster was titled: "Biological significance of a potential tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) domain-containing protein during Borrelia burgdorferi infection in mammals".

https://bmvs.vetmed.vt.edu/

Mr. Michael Ronzetti, a PhD student in our lab, accepted into the Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) of NIH: 

https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp

Dr. Pal named as an American Academy of Microbiology Fellow:

https://agnr.umd.edu/news/american-academy-microbiology-honors-two-new-umd-researchers-fellows-only-seven-total-named

Dr. Chrysoula Kitsou awarded with research support from Global Lyme Alliance, through a Deborah and Mark Blackman-GLA postdoctoral fellowship, for studying Borrelia persistence and host evasion:

https://globallymealliance.org/the-research/postdoctoral-fellowships/

Dr. Pal selected as a member of the Vaccines and Therapeutics Subcommittee to the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, which advises Congress on tick-borne disease research: 

https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/tickbornedisease/reports/vaccines-and-therapeutics-2018-5-9/index.html

Dr. Pal recognized as Honored Faculty at UMD continually since 2009 at the Annual University-Wide Celebration of Scholarship and Research, and selected as "Exemplary Researcher” for 2019:

https://research.umd.edu/news/news_story.php?id=12011

https://vetmed.umd.edu/news/dr-utpal-pal-received-certificate-achievement-his-exemplary-contribution-research-excellence

Lab findings in the press which showcase the complexity of Borrelia as an ancient pathogen with many defenses: 

https://agnr.umd.edu/news/umd-researcher-uncovers-protein-used-outsmart-human-immune-system

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uom-uru040218.php