tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is a common bacterial, infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  Great strides have been made to reduce the number of cases of tuberculosis in the developed world, but it continues to kill more than 1 million people each year.  Tuberculosis targets the most vulnerable members of our society; poorly housed,  malnourished, or immunocompromised patients are all at a greatly increased risk of contracting tuberculosis.  Although good treatments exist for the disease, the treatment takes at least 6 months requires extensive monitoring and is often complicated dangerous side effects.  We are now also faced with increasing rates of drug resistance requiring even more toxic drug regimens and a standard treatment duration of more than two years.  Even more frightening is the specter of totally drug resistant tuberculosis.

The goal of our laboratory is to use the tools of modern molecular biology, structural biology and genetics to attempt to discover new vulnerabilities in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and other related bacteria.

If you are a patient looking for medical regarding diseases caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis or other non-tuberculosis mycobacteria please contact our clinical service.

If you are a physician with a consult question about tuberculosis, please contact the Tuberculosis Warmline.

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Graduate Students

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Post-Doctoral Researchers

Preference will be given to those with a background in structural biology or bacterial pathogenesis.

E-mail a CV and cover letter to oren.rosenberg [at sign] ucsf.edu. Please describe your background experience; what about the lab interests you and your career goals.