Earns Two Grants for Infection Prevention Research

Patrick Secor

Patrick Secor, a new assistant professor in the University of Montana’s Division of Biological Sciences, recently won two grants for his research on the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Secor earned a Career Transition Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for $250,000 over two years. The award – which assists young scientists who are transitioning from a mentored position, such as a postdoctoral fellow, to independent faculty – will allow Secor to conduct research, hire researchers and purchase key pieces of equipment.

Secor also earned a Transformational Award from the Falk Medical Research Trust to develop a human vaccine against the pathogen P. aeruginosa, which can cause infection in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, non-healing wounds and many other hospital-acquired infections.

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