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The University of Houston Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Fall 2011 Faculty Developing New
 

Summary: The University of Houston Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Fall 2011
TRANSPORT
Faculty Developing New
Platform to Fight Malaria
ChBE Assistant Professor Jeffery Rimer and Professor Peter Vekilov
received a two-year, $150,000 seed grant from the U.S. Department of
Defense and administered by the Alliance for NanoHealth to
create an entirely new platform for developing antimalarial drugs.
Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite
that causes malaria, has shown increas-
ing resistance to existing drugs, mean-
ing that even many of those who get
treatment for the disease could end
up victims. P. falciparum is typically
introduced into hosts through a
mosquito bite. Once the parasite
enters the host's red blood cells,
it consumes hemoglobin by
breaking the macromolecule
into smaller constituents.

  

Source: Azevedo, Ricardo - Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology