Fighting Tropical Diseases

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Tonya B. Lewis, (254) 710-4656, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961
Baylor researchers conduct research that has the power to impact and save lives. They cross disciplines, the country and even the global to find cures for diseases that plague populations across the world and in developing countries. A group of professors are conducting research in areas of disease prevention to develop vaccines, treatments and plants in hopes of eradicating or reducing the threat of tropical diseases such malaria, West Nile Virus, dengue fever and Chagas disease.
Cheolho Sim, Ph.D, assistant professor of biology, focuses on genome sequencing to develop methods to prohibit the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses. Chris Kearney, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, researches the use of plants to create naturally-occurring toxins to kill mosquito populations. Mary Lynn Trawick, Ph.D., associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry, is working to develop a drug to treat Chagas and other parasitic diseases.

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Chris Kearney, Ph.D.

Mary Lynn Trawick, Ph.D.

Cheolho Sim, Ph.D.

Media stories about tropical disease research


Baylor Magazine, Summer 2014: Research with global impact

Baylor Proud, Oct. 14: Baylor professors’ research targets neglected tropical diseases