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Microbiology has a long and distinguished history at The University of Chicago. The Department of Microbiology evolved from the Departments of Pathology and Pathology & Bacteriology and included world renown scientists such as Howard Taylor Ricketts, William H. Taliaferro, Lowell T. Coggeshall, William Burrows and James Moulder. Howard Taylor Ricketts identified rickettsiae as the causative agents of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Typhus. William Taliaferro and Lowell Coggeshall, both members of the National Academy of Sciences, served as Chairmen of the Department and later Deans of the Division of Biological Sciences. Successive editions of Burrows' textbook in Medical Microbiology served the needs of medical schools for decades. Jim Moulder served as chairman of the Department of Microbiology and as a leader in chlamydial research. By 1984, the Department of Microbiology was dissolved as part of a re-structuring of the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. At this time, the Department of Microbiology boasts international leadership and world class faculty.

Microbiology The University of Chicago

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Microbiology has a long and distinguished history at The University of Chicago. The Department of Microbiology evolved from the Departments of Pathology and Pathology & Bacteriology and included world renown scientists such as Howard Taylor Ricketts, William H. Taliaferro, Lowell T. Coggeshall, William Burrows and James Moulder. Howard Taylor Ricketts identified rickettsiae as the causative agents of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Typhus. William Taliaferro and Lowell Coggeshall, both members of the National Academy of Sciences, served as Chairmen of the Department and later Deans of the Division of Biological Sciences. Successive editions of Burrows' textbook in Medical Microbiology served the needs of medical schools for decades. Jim Moulder served as chairman of the Department of Microbiology and as a leader in chlamydial research. By 1984, the Department of Microbiology was dissolved as part of a re-structuring of the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. At this time, the Department of Microbiology boasts international leadership and world class faculty.

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    Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory: Overview and Tour

    Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory: Overview and Tour

    If you experience any technical difficulties with this video or would like to make an accessibility-related request, please send a message to digicomm@uchicago.edu.

    Olaf Schneewind, M.D., Ph.D, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, and Joe Kanabrocki, Ph.D, Biosafety Officer for the Ricketts Biocontainment Laboratory, talk about a new state-of-the-art facility designed to develop new treatments, diagnostic tests and vaccines for emerging infectious diseases. The Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory (HTRL) will house research on microbial agents that are considered either Risk Group 2 (agents that cause mild to moderate symptoms in humans, but are not life threatening) or Risk Group 3 (agents that have the potential to cause lethal human infections, but have at least one effective treatment). The HTRL has been designed and built according to the strictest federal standards and incorporates multiple layers of safety and security to protect laboratory workers and the surrounding environment.

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    Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory: Overview and Tour (Audio)

    Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory: Overview and Tour (Audio)

    If you experience any technical difficulties with this video or would like to make an accessibility-related request, please send a message to digicomm@uchicago.edu.

    Olaf Schneewind, M.D., Ph.D, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, and Joe Kanabrocki, Ph.D, Biosafety Officer for the Ricketts Biocontainment Laboratory, talk about a new state-of-the-art facility designed to develop new treatments, diagnostic tests and vaccines for emerging infectious diseases. The Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory (HTRL) will house research on microbial agents that are considered either Risk Group 2 (agents that cause mild to moderate symptoms in humans, but are not life threatening) or Risk Group 3 (agents that have the potential to cause lethal human infections, but have at least one effective treatment). The HTRL has been designed and built according to the strictest federal standards and incorporates multiple layers of safety and security to protect laboratory workers and the surrounding environment.

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    Gut Instincts: Keeping Killer Bacteria Quiet

    Gut Instincts: Keeping Killer Bacteria Quiet

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    University of Chicago researcher John Alverdy, M.D., has discovered a way to keep bacteria from communicating, which may help save surgical patients from dying of infection. Copyright 2005 The University of Chicago.

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    Gut Instincts: Keeping Killer Bacteria Quiet (Audio)

    Gut Instincts: Keeping Killer Bacteria Quiet (Audio)

    If you experience any technical difficulties with this video or would like to make an accessibility-related request, please send a message to digicomm@uchicago.edu.

    University of Chicago researcher John Alverdy, M.D., has discovered a way to keep bacteria from communicating, which may help save surgical patients from dying of infection. Copyright 2005 The University of Chicago.

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    Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense

    Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense

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    Under University of Chicago Professor Olaf Schneewind, researchers lead a collaborative effort to use modern science to protect the public from infectious agents. Copyright 2003 The University of Chicago.

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    On Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense (Audio)

    On Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense (Audio)

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    Under University of Chicago Professor Olaf Schneewind, researchers lead a collaborative effort to use modern science to protect the public from infectious agents. Copyright 2003 The University of Chicago.

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