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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


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 


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