Jackie Kornbluth, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, has been awarded a 4-year VA Merit Award for studies on anti-tumor and anti-microbial immunity. Donald Lawrence, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in Pathology, has played a key role in the development and execution of the research related to this award.

The Kornbluth lab has been studying the role of Natural Killer Lytic-Associated Molecule (NKLAM) in immunity and immune response since 1999. This grant will allow them to expand their research on NKLAM, which they recently discovered is necessary to fight Steptococcus pneumoniae respiratory infections. They hope to discover new preventions and treatments for cancer and other diseases.

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