Dr Michelle Larsen PhD

Dr Michelle Larsen PhD
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001 718 678-1076

Dr Michelle Larsen PhD

SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA

Michelle Larsen is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Albert of Einstein College of Medicine. In 1996, Larsen’s doctoral work with Dr David Figurski at Columbia University on drug-resistance of broad-host-range bacterial plasmids sparked an interest in applying bacterial genetics to infectious disease. As a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr William Jacobs Jr, she studied bacterial replication and drug resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Those post-doctoral studies were foundational for developing research and teaching projects that include TB vaccine development, transmission and pathogenesis of XDR-TB, biomarkers of difficult to treat patients (i.e. MDR-TB/HIV and XDR-TB), HIV vaccine development, livestock and wildlife tuberculosis, “Many Hosts of Mycobacteria” meeting series.  Since 2008 Larsen has served as Co-Director of the Mycobacterial Genetics Course held annually in Durban, South Africa.  Over 200 students have participated in this two-week workshop that encourages students to pursue careers in scientific research.  Larsen collaborates with Dr Alex Pym at AHRI to develop diagnostics to evaluate the role of persister populations of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in disease.