Meet the BSL-2 Researchers

James Galagan


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James Galagan, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Microbiology, describes his research on a non-pathogenic close relative of the organism that causes TB: Mycobacterium smegmatis. Galagan, who is also the NEIDL’s Associate Director of Systems Biology, and his research team hope their study of the non-pathogenic M. smegmatis will provide insight into how key gene control mechanisms work.

Igor Kramnik


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Igor Kramnik, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Aerobiology Core, talks about his research on the mechanisms of host resistance to bacteria. Kramnik is using non-pathogenic vaccine strain BCG to better understand how it stimulates immunity and how to improve vaccine potency and safety.