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Infectious disease causes 35 percent of deaths worldwide, and is the world’s biggest killer of children and young adults. Researchers with the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy focus on the study of basic bacterial and viral infectious disease processes, in addition to the design of vaccines and protein therapeutics to combat disease.
Center scientists utilize cutting-edge techniques, such as recombinant attenuated bacteria and viruses and genetically modified plants, to create new vaccines and therapeutics, including meeting the challenges of emergent diseases. Accomplishing these goals requires the creation and evaluation of novel bio-manufacturing systems for cost-effective production, as well as the implementation of new strategies for translation of this research into health benefits for the developing world.