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■ UNL lab researches
By John Hejkal
About 3 million people die each
year from tuberculosis. It is the lead
ing cause of death worldwide from a
single infectious microorganism.
Jeffrey Cirillo, an assistant pro
fessor of veterinary and biological
sciences at UNL, is working to
He’s trying to find the root caus
es of tuberculosis and Legionnaires’
disease, which is similar to tubercu
Cirillo said he hopes the eventu
al result of his research will be the
prevention of lung disease.
“If you can stop (the disease)
before a person feels sick, there are a
lot of benefits, both monetarily and
personal,” he said.
The research involves finding
out how the bacterial genes and pro
teins work to cause infection. Also,
Cirillo is examining the genes and
proteins 01 tne iiumiui oouy mat are
affected by the invaders.
“The goal is to understand this at
the basic level,” he said.
Legionnaires’ disease takes its
name from an outbreak in 1976 in a
Philadelphia hotel. Thirty-four peo
ple died - 29 Legionnaires or family
members of Legionnaires and five
others who had been near the hotel.
Since then it has occurred in
sporadic epidemics, and there is no
way to tell when or where it will
occur, Cirillo said.
When there is an outbreak, the
spread is rapid, and about 20 percent
of those infected end up dying from
the disease, Cirillo said.
The mechanisms of tuberculosis
and Legionnaires’ disease are about
the same at the molecular level, so
there are plenty of parallels that
might suggest ways to prevent them,
” The goal is to
at the basic
assistant professor at UNL
He said he hopes to develop
antibiotics or vaccinations that will
specifically target respiratory infec
tions. He said pinpointing the respi
ratory system could make it possible
to kill off the infection without
killing microorganisms in the body
that may be beneficial.
“It’s more of a surgical removal
rather than a hammer, ” he said.
Cirillo has been working on
projects related to the area of infec
tious disease for about 15 years.
“I think it’s very long-term, but
we’re certainly making progress
toward the development of the early
stages of the disease in the lung,” he
Cirillo pointed out that he does
not do his research alone. He
employs the help of graduate and
Scott Brauer, a senior biology
major, said the experience working
in Cirillo’s lab has been a great
learning tool, and working on infec
tious disease research has been a
positive undertaking for him.
“It’s a pretty awesome experi
ence when you see that what you’re
doing here could actually have an
impact on some people worldwide,”
Joel Kniep, a senior biologyjmd
psychology major, also emphasized
the role working in a lab had on his
“It really helped expand my
knowledge in biology,” he said. “It
kind of gives you a taste of what it’s
like to be a grad student.”
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