Jerusalem -Prof. Emanuel Hanski, Jacob Epstein Professor of Bacteriology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine, is one of 42 biomedical scientists from 20 countries who have been selected to receive major research grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of the U.S.
Nearly 500 scientists from 62 countries applied for the awards, which will provide each researcher funds for his or her work over a five-year period. Hanski's grant is for $400,000. Overall, the grants total $17.5 million.
The research being funded by the Hughes Medical Institute focuses on revealing the mysteries of the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying infectious and parasitic diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria, hemorrhagic fevers and anthrax.
Hanski's work involves study of invasive strains of group A streptococcus, which cause flesh-eating disease. He will focus on the identification of factors related to bacterial virulence and their mode of regulation, with the ultimate aim of paving the way towards better prevention and treatment of this life-threatening disease.