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Awards / Honors

Blair named American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

May 11, 2010

Carol Blair, an infectious disease researcher at CSU, was recently named among 78 microbiologists elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Scientific achievement

Fellows of the academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Among recent accomplishments, Blair (right) helped to discover that mosquitoes that transmit deadly viruses such as dengue avoid becoming ill from the virus by mounting an immediate, potent immune response, but their immune system doesn't completely eliminate the virus, allowing them to pass it on.

Spread of viruses by mosquitoes

The discovery is a step toward finding a way to prevent mosquitoes from spreading the virus to new victims.

The research was conducted in Colorado State's Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.

There are now more than 2,000 American Academy of Microbiology fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service.

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