CPB Postdoc Wins Challenge Grant for Pertussis Research

July 8, 2016

Dr. Yung-Yi Mosley

Congratulations to Dr. Yung-Yi Mosley, a postdoctoral research associate specializing in immunology in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, who was awarded a $5,000 Postdoc Challenge Grant from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The grant program funds projects that aim to improve chronic pain treatments and prevention of pertussis, or whooping cough. Dr. Mosley won the award for her project, "Unraveling the genetic basis of the immune response to pertussis vaccination." Using the Purdue Genomics and Bioinformatics facilities, Mosley will identify the genetic factors that control the longevity of anti-pertussis antibodies, which are crucial for protection from the illness. The research could potentially decrease cases of pertussis caused by short duration of anti-pertussis antibodies induced by vaccination.

Dr. Mosley received her DVM and master's degrees from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan before earning her doctorate in virology and vaccinology from Purdue University in 2012. She currently works in the laboratory of Dr. Harm HogenEsch, Purdue Veterinary Medicine associate dean for research and professor of immunopathology in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology. Dr. Mosley is one of two Purdue postdoctoral researchers awarded the Postdoc Challenge grant.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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