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Vida R. Irani, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Irani’s research interest focus is the Biology of Infectious Diseases - study of bacterial pathogens and their modulation of the host immune systems.

In collaboration with IUP Biology, Mathematics, Nursing faculty and students, Dr. Irani uses a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of infectious diseases and microbial pathology which include (i) dissecting how an opportunistic environmental bacterium such as Mycobacterium avium ssp. avium (M. avium) is able to cause disease in humans, especially disseminated infections in end-stage HIV/AIDS patients and tuberculosis-like disease in the lungs of healthy individuals; (ii) determining the influence of landscape fragmentation, forest community type, and microclimate on the ecology of black-legged (deer) tick-borne human pathogens causing Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi), Anaplasmosis (Anaplasma phagocytophilum) and Babesiosis (Babesia microti); and (iii) evaluating the effectiveness of real time feedback on the bedside hand hygiene behaviors of IUP nursing students. 

Download a full copy of Dr. Vida Irani's Curriculum Vitae here.

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