Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease

Selected Projects

Significant leveraging with extramural grants and institutions continue to expand the reach of PHPID, providing high-impact, cutting-edge, translatable, and relevant research outcomes that is becoming synonymous with The Ohio State University.


Selected 2008 high-impact activities include:

  • Kurt Stevenson, MD, MPH, and his interdisciplinary team of investigators were awarded a CDC renewal grant ($287,386) for Ohio State health network infection control collaborative: Epi-Centers for prevention of healthcare related infections.
  • Michael Ibba, PhD,  was awarded a grant from the NIH ($307,500.00) and from the NSF ($276,750.00) for research investigating Biochemistry of lysyl-tRNA synthetases;
  • Timothy Buckley, PhD,  was awarded $157,558 from Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) for the study: Protecting public health at Ohio inland beaches: Development of water quality indicators for recreational microbial exposures.
  • Richard Slemons, DVM, was awarded a grant ($232,301) from the University of Maryland for prevention and control of avian influenza in the US.
  • Michael Oglesbee, DVM,  was awarded a grant from the NIH NIAID ($224,840) for his work investigating heat shock protein modulation of paramyxoviral diseases.
  • Karl Werbovetz, PhD,  was awarded a grant ($141,847) from the University of North Carolina for his work developing new drugs to treat Leishmaniasis in late stage human African trypanosomiasis;
  • Susan Koletar, MD, was awarded a renewal grant from the NIH NIAID ($1,223,531) for The Ohio State University AIDS Clinical Trials Unit.
  • Joanne Turner, PhD, was awarded a grant from the NIH NIAID entitled “Immune correlates of reactivation tuberculosis ($3,125,000). The goals of this project are to define the immunological signatures of susceptibility to tuberculosis. Correlates that are actively being studied are the role of IL-10 and CD8 T cells in driving tuberculosis disease progression.
  • Daniel Wozniak, PhD, was awarded a grant from the NIH NIAID “Control of P. aeruginosa algD transcription ($2,241,000). The overall objectives of this study are to understand the molecular basis for high-level expression of alginate in mucoid P. aeruginosa strains and the coordinate regulation between alginate synthesis and motility.