Auburn University professor gets $424,000 grant to fight disease

An Auburn University professor has received a $424,000 National Science Foundation Grant for research in the fight against infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and anthrax as well as staph infections.

Evert Duin, an assistant professor of biochemistry in the College of Science and Mathematics is focusing his research on the different steps that biological cells use in making a group of lipids called isoprenoids. These are fatty substances that are essential for the survival of all organisms including humans.

"The human race is losing its battle against infective bacterial diseases and we are facing new threats from bioterrorism," Duin said. "With some pathogenic bacteria already resistant against four of the five common types of antibiotics, it is important to find new anti-infective drugs that use a completely new and novel way of killing the pathogen."