Nov 8, 2013
07:41 AMHealth & Science
University of New Haven Gets $150,000 to Study Lyme Disease
About $100,000 has been used to buy an atomic force microscope, which Eva Sapi, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and environmental science, will use to study bacterial structure, the release said. It was built to her specifications.
Sapi, who once contracted Lyme disease, focuses her research on the antibiotic sensitivity of Lyme disease bacteria.
According to UNH, Sapi has shown that the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease, can form a “biofilm that allows it to hide and resist antibiotic treatments and other unfavorable environmental conditions such (as) nutrition deprivation, high ambient pH or adverse temperature.”
About $50,000 of the grant will be used to further Sapi’s research into biofilm formation and finding therapies for Lyme disease, UNH said. (Eva Sapi, left.)
“This microscope will allow Dr. Sapi and our students to further this important research,” said Lourdes Alvarez, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in the release. “Contributions like this help enormously to fund studies that eventually could lead to a cure.”