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To Discover, apply and disseminate knowledge of the molecular basis of health and disease.
To Translate, this knowledge into innovative tools for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
To Train, and mentor future scientists and health care professionals.
To Provide, a collegial and scholarly environment where students, faculty and staff thrive.
- The Sun Lab (http://www.sunlab-usf.com) focuses on the pathogenesis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and development of novel preventive and therapeutic agents agaisnt CDI. We use multidisciplinary approaches in our research, including molecular biology/microbiology, cell biology, protein engineering, immunology, genome sequencing, flow cytometry and nano-particle delivery. Current projects: 1) The roles of innate immunity and intestinal microbiome in the pathogenesis of CDI; 2) Signaling pathways of pro-inflammatory mediators and CDI; 3) Development of novel therapeutic /preventive agents against C. difficile; 4) Regulation of C. difficile toxin production; 5) Antibiotic resistance, epidemiology and whole-genome sequencing of C. difficile.