Ying Zhang, M.D. Presents to NatCapLyme
November 13, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital
Washington, DC United States
Lyme disease now afflicts more than 300,000 people per year, making it the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the U.S. Dr. Ying Zhang is a renowned professor at the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests are focused on antibiotic resistance, bacterial persistence, and development of more effective treatments for persistent infections. Although much of his career is on M. tuberculosis, recently, he has been working on the challenging problem of persistent Lyme disease.
His group developed a new high throughput assay which allowed identification of a range of FDA-approved drugs that have excellent activity against Borrelia burgdorferi persisters. This finding has generated considerable interest and may offer new opportunity to improve treatment of persistent Lyme. In collaboration with colleagues, he is interested in evaluating the promising candidate drugs in combinations in animal models and also in patients for more effective treatment of Lyme disease. http://www.jhsph.edu/faculty/directory/profile/786/ying-zhang
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