Thursday, June 27, 2010
Paulo José P. Teixeira, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in UNC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, has been named a Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable trusts.
Teixeira, a native of Brazil whose research field is plant biology, works in the lab run by his UNC mentor, Jeff Dangl, PhD. He is studying how a plant activates an immune response when it is attacked by microbes and how these defense responses are favored in relation to growth and development.
The goal of Teixeira’s project is to determine how perturbations related to virulence effectors in the JAZ/TCP sub-network may create a more favorable environment for pathogens to spread. This work has the potential to improve disease control measures and protect agricultural production.
The Pew Latin American Fellows Program was launched in 1991 to cultivate outstanding researchers and to strengthen the infrastructure of biomedical science in Latin American countries. The program provides each fellow with salary support for two years of postdoctoral training in the laboratory of an established researcher in the United States.