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Tuberculosis test tubes

 MIP Researchers in the Mycobacteria Research Laboratories have launched a novel investigation into tuberculosis transmission and infection.

The Department is home to some of the finest biomedical researchers in the nation, working in highly specialized laboratories. Their research focuses on understanding the pathology, improving the diagnostics, and developing more effective treatments, vaccines and cures for internationally important infectious diseases. 

Students have the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned researchers in our departmental laboratories. The department is known for providing unique and valuable undergraduate research

Research Programs

​MIP Research in the News

Knife to Scalpel

A breakthrough instrument built at CSU allows scientists to see the most minute cell parts in three dimensions and could aid drug development to thwart disease. The imaging precision is like “going from a knife to a scalpel,” tuberculosis researcher Dean Crick says.

Slayden in his lab

CSU researcher Dr. Ric Slayden is working with researchers at a pharmaceutical company, Cal-Berkeley to find treatments for deadly bacteria.


​Professor Mary Jackson and her lab have discovered an enzyme that is critical to the survival and replication of the bacterial pathogen that causes tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis researchers at Colorado State University have landed a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a diagnostic breath test with potential to revolutionize TB testing and to better control the globally devastating infectious disease.​


MIP researchers are developing and evaluating a more sensitive test for chronic wasting disease – including the potential to test for infection in live animals, animal products and the environment.​

Recent Grant Awards

"Dry-toRainy Season Repeated Ivermectin MDA and ITN Distribution for Integrated Control of NTDs and Malaria" Brian Foy Gates Foundatjion (Bill and Melinda)*
"A High-Throughput Screen for Antiviral Inhibitors of the Alphavirus RNA Capping Enzyme" Brian Geiss HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases
"Sterilization and Disposal of Agricultural Quarantine Waste" Candace Mathiason USDA-APHIS-Animal Plant Health Insp Srvc
"Tackling Mycobacterium Abscessus Infection in Cystic Fibrosis" Diane Ordway University of Cambridge
"The role of Cellular Chaperones and the Unfolded Protein Response in Gerstmann-Straussler Scheinker Syndrome " Glenn Telling Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation
"Biology and Biosignatrues of Anti-Tuberculosis Treatment Response" John Belisle HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases
"Tackling Mycobacterium Abscessus Infection in Cystic Fibrosis" Mary Jackson University of Cambridge
"Minipigs as Animal Model for Infant TB and Vaccine Efficacy" Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero MHHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy and Infect Diseases
"Anticoagulant Rodenticide Exposure and Immune System Function" Sue VandeWoude USDA-APHIS-Animal Plant Health Insp Srvc
"The Role of RNAi in Aedes aegypti on Dengue Evolution" William Black IV HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases
"Treatment of Irradiated M. Tuberculosis Strains for Use as Vaccines " Angelo Izzo Mico Bio, Inc.
"Novel Spectinamide Antibiotics for the Treatment of MDR/XDR Tuberculosis" Anne Lenaerts Microbiotix, Inc.
"Burkholderia Pseudomallei Library Copy Preparation" Bradley Borlee American Type Culture Collection
"Mechanisms of Diabetic Susceptibility to Tuberculosis" Brendan Podell HHS-NIH-National Institues of Health
 "BCG Efficacy Against W-Beijing TB Strains" Ian Orme HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases
"A Novel Antiviral Approach using the Cellular RNA Decay Machinery " Jeffrey Wilusz HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases
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