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Danielle Tufts

Pitt researcher combines sustainability efforts, education and research in trip to Bolivia

The amount of waste from expired and unused lab supplies always bothered Pitt researcher Danielle Tufts. But after reading about a sanctuary that rescues animals from abuse, illegal pet trade and wildlife trafficking in Bolivia, she saw an opportunity.

Priscila Castanha, Ph.D.

New synthetic biomarker technology differentiates between prior zika and dengue infections

A newly discovered Zika virus-specific synthetic molecule is capable of differentiating Zika-immune patient samples from samples of patients previously infected with the related dengue virus.

Amy Hartman and Dara Méndez

Dara Méndez and Amy Hartman selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star Awardees

Congratulations to Dara Méndez, associate director of the center for health equity and associate professor of epidemiology and Amy Hartman, associate professor of infectious diseases and microbiology, on receiving 2024 Ascending Star Awards.