Iyinoluwa Abimbola Adekola Estinville, an undergraduate nursing student, presented her poster titled “Establishing Dugesia japonica as a Model System to Study Mycobacterium aviumsubspecies avium Pathogenesis” at the American Society for Microbiology Microbe 2016 meeting on June 20, 2016.
Estinville, in a new interdisciplinary and collaborative research venture with biologists Robert Major and Vida Irani, is using a planarian (Dugesia japonica) host model system to dissect the host immune pathways involved in Mycobacterium avium survival or death.
Understanding and piecing together the complex infection process of M. avium (an opportunist human pathogen) and host immune responses in D. japonica could provide an effective strategy for manipulating host immune responses to counteract bacterial survival in diseases beyond those caused by M. avium.
Estinville’s travel was funded by the IUP College of Health and Human Services and the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
Department of Biology