Infectious Diseases and Immunology


AKC Expands Support of PVM Canine Research

Friday, December 13th, 2019 - Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s commitment to advancing the health of animals in ways that also shed light on comparative diseases in humans will grow with several new grants from the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation. In 2019, the foundation awarded five grants to researchers in the College – the most the College has received in a single year from the AKC – to support studies in a variety of canine health research areas.



How Purdue is Addressing an Antibiotic Shortage

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 - WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — With a growing concern that the world is running out of antibiotics, Professor of Microbiology in Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mohamed Seleem and his team are researching more than 4,000 approved drugs to test and see if any of them can more effectively treat antibiotic resistant infections. On the latest episode of...



Potential to Save Lives Motivates PVM Professor Seeking Solution to Antibiotic Resistance

Friday, October 18th, 2019 - With too few antibiotics under development to keep up with the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, the world is starting to run out of antibiotics. That also means hospitals will start seeing more patients with infections they can’t treat, and more infections that were once easily treated are becoming fatal. Dr. Mohamed Seleem, professor of microbiology in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Comparative Pathobiology, leads a research team that is studying a plethora of FDA-approved drugs looking for ones that can treat antibiotic-resistant infections.



The world is running out of antibiotics. This researcher is working on finding a solution.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 - With too few antibiotics under development to keep up with the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, the world is starting to run out of antibiotics.



CPB Faculty Member Pursues New Research on Antibiotic-resistant Infections

Friday, July 12th, 2019 - With antimicrobial resistance on the rise, many infections once easily treated are becoming fatal. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) is to blame for more than 5% of all deaths attributed to antibiotic-resistant infection in the U.S., second only to MRSA. Led by Dr. Mohamed Seleem, professor of microbiology in Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Comparative Pathobiology, researchers now are exploring whether they could repurpose some drugs, which have already been approved by the FDA, to treat the infection.



Purdue Poster Session Highlights PVM Graduate Students’ Interdisciplinary Research Efforts

Friday, April 5th, 2019 - A recent “Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture, and Policy Research Poster Session” showcased more than 100 graduate student presenters from colleges across campus, including several from the College of Veterinary Medicine.



Research Involving PVM Scholar Finds Blue light Could Treat Superbug Infections

Friday, April 5th, 2019 - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body, is often called a “superbug” thanks to its ability to dodge many common antibiotics. Researchers at Purdue University and Boston University have discovered that exposing the bug to blue light can render it defenseless against antiseptics as mild as hydrogen peroxide.



New NIH Grant Helps Dr. Mohamed Seleem Pursue Faster Method for Diagnosing Blood Infections

Friday, January 18th, 2019 - Dr. Mohamed Seleem, professor of microbiology in the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Department of Comparative Pathobiology, and his collaborator at Boston University have received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their research to develop a faster means of diagnosing often lethal bloodstream infections.



Record Research Funding Bodes Well for Animals, Humans

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 - Purdue has a great deal to celebrate in 2019. As the University hails 150 years of “Giant Leaps,” the College of Veterinary Medicine marks its 60th Anniversary as a national standard-bearer for veterinary education and animal health care. Many of the same faculty responsible for educating future veterinarians and providing top-ranked health care to animals also are drawing in record amounts of funding for research — research that in most cases promises to benefit humans as well as animals. In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the College’s research garnered more than $12 million — an all-time high.



PVM Professor Collaborates on Research Team Developing Alternative Treatment for MRSA Infections

Friday, October 26th, 2018 - Dr. Mohamed Seleem, professor of microbiology in Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Comparative Pathobiology, is part of a research team that is testing whether a light-active version of heme, the molecule responsible for transporting oxygen in blood circulation, may help people infected with MRSA.




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