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What's the Beef? - Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli

Session: Symposium: Foodborne Enteric Infections
Thursday, October 9, 2014: 8:30 AM
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: 118-ABC
James Nataro, MD, PhD, Pediatrics, University of Virginia Children's Hospital, Charlottesville, VA

James P. Nataro, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. Nataro is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Microbiology & Immunology and serves as Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is an expert in enteric bacteriology, pathogenesis and vaccine development. Dr. Nataro serves as the Principal Investigator of a Multi-component Cooperative Agreement with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop oral vaccines against Category A agents of Biodefense. He has published more than 100 papers and edited two books in the area of enteric pathogenesis and vaccines. Dr. Nataro is also a practicing Pediatric Infectious Diseases clinician. Dr. Nataro is best known for his seminal work in describing two new E. coli pathotypes: enteroaggregative and diffusely adherent E. coli. This work includes basic pathogenesis, epidemiology studies in the U.S. and in developing coutries, and vaccine development. This work is supported by an R01 grant in its 15th year. His work also includes characterization of secretion via the autotransporter pathway, which is the most common mechanism by which proteins are exported from gram negative bacteria. This work is also supported by an R01 award from the NIAID. Dr. Nataro oversees a clinical microbiology lab which provides support for multiple epidemiologic and clinical studies.
Dr. Nataro received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1987. He completed pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins Hospital before returning to the University of Maryland in 1991.

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