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CSU Leprosy Research Team
Front row from left to right: Delphi Chatterjee, Patrick J. Brennan, John Spencer, Becky Rivoire
Back row from left to right: HyungJin Eoh, Vara Vissa, Cory Wolfe, Angela Marques,
Monica Lima, HeeJin Kim, Rama Murthy Sakamuri, Nathan Groathouse, Marilyn Hein

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Christine F. Sizemore, Ph.D.







Respiratory Diseases Branch,DMID
Room 3131
6700-B Rockledge Drive, MSC 7630
Bethesda, MD 20892-7630
(Courier zip 20817)
Phone: (301) 496-5305
(direct: (301) 435-2857)
FAX: (301) 496-8030
Email: csizemore@niaid.hih.gov

Program Officer for Tuberculosis, Leprosy,
and Other Mycobacterial Diseases
DMID, NIAID, NIH

Christine Sizemore

Principal Investigator

Dr. Patrick J. Brennan

Patrick J. Brennan, Ph.D.

Has spent over 30 intense years maintaining innovative leprosy research and is largely responsible for the progress in the basic research
in leprosy today.

University Distinguished Professor
Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-6700
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email: patrick.brennan@colostate.edu

Dr. Brennan's webpage

Delphi Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Responsible for generating carbohydrate based antigens, both synthetic and natural products.

Associate Professor
Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-7495
FAX: (970) 491-1815

Email: delphi.chatterjee@colostate.edu

Dr. Chatterjee's webpage

Investigator


Senior Scientist

John Spencer, Ph.D.

Involved in the Leprosy program in development of skin test antigens and studying their efficacy in guinea pigs, and identifying B and T cell isotopes in animal models and human patients.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-2432
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email: john.spencer@colostate.edu

Vara Vissa, Ph.D.

Responsible for exploring the M. leprae genome to advance leprosy research in the areas of molecular epidemiology, vaccines, diagnostics and biochemistry.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-0752/6396
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email: varalakshmi.vissa@colostate.edu

Dr. Vissa's Webpage

Assistant Professor

Senior Research Associate


Becky L. Rivoire, B.S.

Responsible for coordinating the phase II leprosy skin test antigen clinical trial, and pre-clinical testing of new candidate skin test antigens.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-4893
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email: becky.rivoire@colostate.edu

Nathan Groathouse, M.S.

Supervises the generation of pure M. leprae from infected tissues, quality control manager for the skin test pilot plant, and currently involved with epidemiological and microarray studies.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-2799
FAX: (970) 491-1815

Email: nathan.groathouse@colostate.edu

Research Associate III

Nathan Groathouse

Ph.D. Candidate

Rama Murthy Sakamuri, M.S.

Working with Dr. Vara Vissa to elucidate the genetics and biochemistry of M. leprae cell wall components.


Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-6789
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email: rama.sakamuri@colostate.edu

Mary Sanders , M.S.

Currently working on elucidating M. leprae cell wall components and various aspects of the leprosy skin test initiative.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology
Colorado State University
1682 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-4893
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email: marys@simla.colostate.edu

Research Associate III

Research Associate

Tammy Luttrell, MS, PT, CWS, FCCWS

Purify M. leprae from infected tissue and use cells to generate subcellular fraction proteins.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology
Colorado State University
1682 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-6396
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email:tcl@colostate.edu

Brittny Acres, B.S.

Purify M. leprae from infected tissue and use cells to generate subcellular fraction proteins.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology
Colorado State University
1682 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-6396
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email: bdacres@mail.colostate.edu

Research Associate I

Associate Professor

Avraham Liav, PhD

Prepares PGL-I neoglycoconjugate precursors to synthesize ND-O-BSA or ND-O-HSA.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology
Colorado State University
1682 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-6396
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email: Avraham.Liav@ColoState.EDU

Hee-Jin Kim, MsC

Producing M. leprae recombinant proteins.

Mycobacteria Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology
Colorado State University
1682 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
Phone: (970) 491-2432, 6396
FAX: (970) 491-1815
Email:Hee.Kim@colostate.edu

Research Associate III




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