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

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

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


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".

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

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

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:

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:

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:

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

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