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Western Faculty Profile: Dr. Miguel Valvano


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Dr. Miguel Valvano is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western University. He also holds an academic Chair of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Centre for Infection and Immunity, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom. His laboratory has become an international leader in molecular research aimed at dissecting key bacterial components that directly interact with host cells to cause infections. His research team focuses on two areas: how lipopolylsaccharide (LPS) assembles on the bacterial cell surface and protects bacteria from host defenses, and characterizing the virulence properties of Burkholderia cepacia, an opportunistic pathogen that causes major health problems in patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. Suzy Kim, a member of WURJ, had the opportunity to interview Dr. Valvano to learn more about his research, his path to Western and his career.

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