Cornell scientist wins award for pathogen research

Cornell scientist wins award for pathogen research

May 20, 2005
By staff

ITHACA, N.Y. - 5/20/05 - A Cornell University researcher won the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award for work on the interaction of pathogens with their human hosts.

Dr. John Parker, assistant professor with the Baker Institute for Animal Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, received one of the 11 awards given out this year.

Parker's research details reoviruses that affect the upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tract in humans and selectively kills cancer cells.

"We are seeking to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie the ability of mammalian reoviruses to preferentially kill certain types of cancer cells," Parker says in a prepared release.

There were 123 applicants nominated by universities for the award nationwide. The award offers $80,000 a year for five years to researchers without tenure or those within five years of receiving tenure.