UNC infectious diseases fellow receives career development award to investigate dengue virus

William Messer, MD, PhD has been awarded a career development award from the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections & Biodefense (SERCEB). Messer is a third-year infectious diseases fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UNC School of Medicine.

UNC infectious diseases fellow receives career development award to investigate dengue virus
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William Messer, MD, PhD

February 9, 2011 -- William Messer, MD, PhD has been awarded a career development award from the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections & Biodefense (SERCEB).  Messer is a third-year infectious diseases fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UNC School of Medicine.

Messer’s research focuses on the pathogen-host relationship between the dengue virus (DENV) and its natural mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. This award will provide funding over two years for  Messer to conduct research on the genetic determinants of DENV infection of Aedes aegypti.

“I am very excited about the funding and deeply appreciate the Division of Infectious Diseases’ and SERCEB's support in this next step in my career,” said Messer, who received his MD and PhD from UNC.

SERCEB was created to assist the nation in developing and deploying effective and rapid responses to emerging infectious diseases and biothreats. The career development award aims to improve the health and security of citizens by funding research on effective new therapies and vaccines to combat those threats. The award targets new investigators demonstrating strong potential in their field.

“Adding the mosquito model to SERCEB's scientific repertoire really strengthens the center and adds an important new dimension to its research capacity,” Messer said.

For more information about SERCEB, visit http://www.serceb.org

 


Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases contact: Lisa Chensvold, (919) 843-5719, lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu.