Irani Examines Manipulation of Host Immune Function by Mycobacterium avium

Posted on 10/22/2011 6:26:32 PM

At the 2011 Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT) annual conference, hosted by IUP October 19–20, 2011, Dr. Vida Irani, IUP Department of Biology, presented immunological research conducted collaboratively with her students, Joseph Rocco and Brennan Cebula.

Dr. Irani’s work focused upon manipulation of host immune function by the pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium avium, which causes tuberculosis in immuno-compromised human subjects.

The conference took place at Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex and was designed to showcase for the trustees outstanding faculty/staff/student programs and projects. PACT trustees, drawn from across the PASSHE schools, came to IUP to learn more about the programs and accomplishments of IUP faculty members and their students.

Rocco and Cebula conducted part of the immunological research while training with Dr. Irani, and both then graduated from IUP in Spring 2011. Rocco is now enrolled in an M.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, while Cebula is in an M.D. program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia.