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Eric Skaar Archives

Probing pathogen antibiotic resistance

Sep. 17, 2020—Understanding how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics and host stresses could guide the development of more effective antimicrobial therapeutics.

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New space bolsters infectious disease and immunology discovery

Jul. 9, 2020—The Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation (VI4) recently moved into its new research and administrative home.

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C. diff captures blood cell cofactor to build defensive shield

Jun. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center scientists have identified a C. diff protein system that senses and captures heme (part of hemoglobin) to build a protective shield that fends off threats from our immune system and antibiotics.

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The adaptable anthrax bacterium

May. 14, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers discover how anthrax bacterium defends itself against structural damage and resists the toxicity of the antimicrobial drug targocil.

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Locksley’s Discovery Lecture

Feb. 27, 2020—Richard Locksley, MD, spoke about his allergic diseases research during his recent Flexner Discovery Lecture. Here, he poses for a photo with VUMC’s Eric Skaar, PhD, MPH.

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Zinc uptake by a deadly pathogen

Jan. 13, 2020—The increasingly antibiotic-resistant bacterium Acinetobacter baumannii requires zinc to cause infection, and Vanderbilt researchers have identified the zinc uptake system it uses.

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Wexler receives Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship

Dec. 12, 2019—Aaron Wexler, PhD, a research fellow in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, has received a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship.

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Imaging host-pathogen battle for metal

Oct. 31, 2019—An unprecedented view of bacterial products within infected tissues opens new opportunities to explore infection biology and devise novel therapeutic strategies.

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New leadership appointments for Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Oct. 8, 2019—  by Bill Snyder Alice Coogan, MD, has been named interim chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PM&I) in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, effective this week. Coogan, professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, succeeds Samuel Santoro, MD, PhD, the Dorothy Beryl and Theodore R. Austin Professor of Pathology, who announced...

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How bugs overcome host defenses

Apr. 11, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers led by Eric Skaar are probing the mechanisms bacteria use when faced with nutrient starvation — a host defense strategy called “nutritional immunity.”

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Trio of Vanderbilt scientists set for next Discovery Lecture

Dec. 6, 2018—Three Vanderbilt scientists will discuss innovative new and ongoing programs during a Cutting-Edge Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 13. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in room 208 Light Hall.

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New staph virulence factor

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—The new factor, an enzyme involved in host-pathogen interactions, may be a viable target for treating staph infections.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

VUMC campus

VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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