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Ronald Raab

JMU Ronald RaabTitle:

Antimicrobial activity in the bedbug. Cimex Lectularius

 

Principal Investigator:

PI: Dr. Ronald Raab, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Tech, JMU

Co-PI: 

Dr. Monique Van Hoek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Systems Biology, George Mason University (GMU)

Dr. Rajeev Vaidyanathan, SRI International

Dr. Barney Bishop, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, GMU 

Summary:

Bedbugs only seem to carry gram-positive bacteria and somehow exclude gram-negative bacteria. We will study the bedbugs for the potential expression of antimicrobial activities that can account for the depletion of gram-negative bacteria. At the conclusion of this study, we will deliver our findings of the antimicrobial activity of these blood-sucking pests. We predict that we will discover novel antimicrobial compounds, which could be developed into future antibiotics. In the long-term, these studies may improve our understanding of bedbugs that could lead to improvements in the quality of life for residents of lower-income housing. This grant meets the $VA goals of increasing research competitiveness, and GMU's goals of having undergraduates participate in STEM research.

 

Awarded Funding:

$5,000 JMU

$5,000 GMU

 

Deliverables: