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Biology professor awarded prestigious research grant

Dr. Patricia Dorn, Professor of Biological Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a 5-year NSF/NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease grant "Modeling disease transmission using spatial mapping of vector-parasite genetics and vector feeding patterns" for $568,343. She is working in collaboration with investigators in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Vermont, on interrupting transmission of Chagas disease, the most serious parasitic disease in Central America. This funding allows her to continue to offer opportunities for Loyola undergraduates to participate in international scientific research on this important public health issue.