Jason Crawford receives Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has honored Jason Crawford, an assistant professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Microbial Pathogenesis, with a 2017 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award.

Jason Crawford

The award provides $500,000 over five years to support assistant professor-level researchers in their study of pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology. The award supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of encounters between humans and potentially infectious agents.

A dozen researchers, including Crawford, received PATH awards this year.

Crawford is a faculty member of the Chemical Biology Institute at West Campus.

Crawford said he will use the grant to “focus on discovering and defining the molecular mechanisms of cell-to-cell stress communications by bacteria and how these novel communication systems regulated by stress affect cellular behavior, virulence, and drug resistance. Such a new fundamental understanding could ultimately lead to novel ways of treating bacterial infections.”

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private foundation making investments in biomedical research and careers for more than 60 years, has invested $6 million in grants to top pathogenesis investigators in the United States.