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“Genetics of Infectious Diseases” with Dusan Bogunovic at University of Bridgeport on Thursday, November 8

Leslie Geary
Monday, October 22, 2012

The University of Bridgeport (UB) Biology Department continues its visiting-lecturer series when Dusan Bogunovic, a specialist in the field of immunology, speaks about “Genetics of Infectious Diseases” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 8.

The one-hour presentation is open to the public and will be held in room 116 in the Engineering-Technology Building, 221 University Avenue, Bridgeport. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Bogunovic is a postdoctoral fellow in the St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases at Rockefeller University. He most recently led a team of researchers who discovered a protein that could be critical to fighting tuberculosis and other bacterial diseases, which are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. The findings were announced in the August 2012 issue of Science.

Bogunovic has also studied the causes leading to spontaneous immune responses in human melanoma cells as well as dendritic cells’ involvement in the inflammatory response to infectious agents, such as bacteria and microbes. Dendritic cells are immune cells that are found in skin or other tissue. Findings from his research—published in Cancer Research, Proceedings of National Academy of Science, and other leading scientific journals—have initiated new clinical trials.

Bougunovic holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Bridgeport and a PhD in Molecular Oncology and Immunology from New York University School of Medicine.

“Dusan is a rising scientist in the field of molecular immunology. His research findings will significantly contribute to the treatment of a large number of patients as well as to the rapidly developing field of immunology,” said UB Biology Department Chairman Spiros Katsifis. “We are very proud of his accomplishments.”

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu