Brian Garibaldi, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary and medical director of the Biocontainment Unit (BCU), and Lauren Sauer, assistant professor in Emergency Medicine and director of research for the BCU, received a 2018 Fisher Center Discovery Program (FCDP) grant for their project "Environmental transmission and traceability of aerosolized bio-simulants in a clinical biocontainment unit." The FCDP fosters innovative research and supports early career investigators by funding pilot studies, with the resulting data and research outcomes used to write grants for additional support. The Fisher Center, led by Paul Auwaerter, is a part of the Division of Infectious Diseases.
The FCDP also funded the following research projects from other departments:
"Understanding how virus virulence is regulated by the ADP-ribosylhydrolase activity of the macrodomain—a potential drug target"
"The role of amoebae in enhancing the virulence of environmental human pathogens"
To read more about the projects and the Fisher Center, view the winter issue of Fisher Focus here: Fisher Focus Winter 2017