1 Researcher's Quest to Prevent Hospital-Associated Infections (video) Pew Charitable Trusts Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption 2012 Pew biomedical scholar Aimee Shen studies one of the leading causes of illness for people in hospital settings. As an assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Vermont, she's looking for ways to disable the bacteria Clostridium difficile, which contribute to 14,000 deaths linked to diarrheal illnesses in the US every year, according to the CDC. Credit The Pew Charitable Trusts Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.