Mycobacterium tuberculosis Hijacks Lymph Nodes
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Sharie has 6 years of experience working at the NIH in the Philippines developing molecular diagnostic tools for various infectious diseases. She is now a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh under the mentorship of Dr. JoAnne L. Flynn. She studies Mtb infection in lymph nodes of non-human primates and host-pathogen interactions in the context of Mtb reinfection.


Mycobacterium tuberculosis Hijacks Lymph Nodes

Tuberculosis is a disease generally associated with the lung. However, tuberculosis does not only affect the lungs. In fact, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, can infect any part of our body. After the lungs, the site that is most frequently infected are tiny lymphoid organs called lymph nodes. Lymph node tuberculosis has been around for over 3,000 years. It is most commonly recognized as a lump on the neck called scrofula, but there are many lymph nodes...

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