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Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein
Professor, Genetics, Einstein
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology
Infectious diseasesTuberculosis (TB)Vaccines
Dr. Jacobs is pioneering the use of molecular genetics to control tuberculosis (TB), which kills nearly two million people a year. His research is identifying the genes that make Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) - the bacteria that causes TB - virulent, identifying new drug targets and engineering weakened strains that can be used as live vaccines. Dr. Jacobs was the first scientist to introduce foreign DNA into MTB, a technique now regularly used by TB investigators around the world. read more...