Southern Miss Professor receives NIH Grant for Staph Research | Schools
Dr. Mohamed Elasri, associate professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $439,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to assist in his research of the staphylococcus aureus human pathogen.
The grant, to be divided over three years, will help Elasri and his colleagues further study ways to prevent staph infections that are associated with implanted medical devices. Elasri notes that the research began two years ago and has already shown some promising results.
“I have been working with staph infections since I joined the Southern Miss faculty in 2002,” said Elasri. “Much of the research focuses on re-emerging infections and the prevalence for antibiotic resistance. In the United States, staph is responsible for more deaths than AIDS.”
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