Wistar Receives Support of More Than $5.5M from Private Foundations and Funding Agencies

PHILADELPHIA — (Aug. 7, 2018) — In the first half of 2018, The Wistar Institute, an international biomedical research leader in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases, received funds of more than $5.5 million in grants and awards from local foundations, and national and international funding agencies to support research, education and training at the Institute.

Farokh Dotiwala, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center, was awarded an $825,000 grant from the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation. This funding will support his research on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria for three years. Dotiwala discovered microptosis, a process through which our immune system kills bacteria. Since bacteria don’t develop resistance to microptosis, Dotiwala will research how to exploit his knowledge of the process to develop novel therapeutic strategies to combat anti-microbial resistance, a global issue that is turning diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis and malaria into potentially mass-killer illnesses.

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