Judy Smith, MD, PhD Awarded NIH Funding with Brazil's Foundation for Research Development

Congratulations to Judy Smith, MD, PhD, who will serve as a Co-Investigator/Subaward Principal Investigator for a grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID) to the Foundation for Research Development in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for the grant entitled, "Brucella Survival Strategy Requires Endoplasmic Reticulum Restructuring and Interferes with Innate Immunity." This 5-year R01 award to Principal Investigator Sergio Costa Oliveira, DVM, PhD (Federal University of Minas Gerais), has the long-term goal resolving the conundrum of how Brucella activates innate immune components that results in host resistance versus bacterial subversion of the immune response. Dr. Smith's role in the subaward, worth over $98,000, will be to use a general unfolded protein response (UPR) inhibitor as well as pathway knockdown to delineate the role of the Brucella-induced UPR.