Kaleb Asfaha Receives CEND Fellowship

Kaleb Asfaha

Kaleb Asfaha

Congratulations Kaleb Asfaha on having received a 2015 Thomas C. Alber Science & Engineering for Global Health Fellowship awarded by the Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases to conduct research at a trachoma-endemic region in Ethiopia. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which spreads through contact with an infected person’s hands or clothing. It is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness, and is one of the oldest diseases known to man.

Kaleb is a 2nd year PhD student working under the mentorship of Professor Karsten Gronert at UC Berkeley and Dr. Deborah Dean at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute. His research focuses on understanding the innate pathways activated following Chlamydia trachomatis infection and how the bacteria dampen the host immune response for a successful dual lifecycle survival. The bacterial infection can lead to trachoma, an ocular condition with over 50 million visually impaired and 6 million irreversibly blind worldwide.

 

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