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Voegeli Seminar Series: "Killing the Lyme Disease Bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi: Is it Possible?"

Release Date:
11/13/2013 12:00 AM

Eva Sapi, featuresEva Sapi, Ph.D.


The Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences presents a seminar from Eva Sapi Ph.D. on studies from the UNH Lyme disease research group working on the antibiotic resistance of Borrelia, the Lyme disease bacteria.


Dr. Sapi is an Associate Professor, University Research Scholar  and the Director of the Lyme disease research program. She teaches graduate biology courses and carries out Lyme disease research with her undergraduate and graduate students.Her recent studies investigate the different forms of Borrelia burgdorferi to better understand how Borrelia can hide from the immune system as well as from antimicrobial therapies. Her recent research shows that Borrelia burgdorferi is capable forming a protective layer around itself  – called biofilm – which could render it to be very resistant to antibiotics. The goal of her research group is to fully characterize this novel form and to identify novel antibacterial agents that are effective in killing all forms of Borrelia burgdorferi.


Dec. 5, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.               


Dodds Hall, Room 205, University of New Haven

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