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Dr. Yossef Av-Gay

Research scientist with the Immunity and Infection Research Centre at the Vancouver Coastal Research Institute and professor of Infectious Disease at UBC. 
British Columbia Lung Association grant recipient


Looking for new drugs to treat TB

Dr. Av-Gay’s lab work is focused on uncovering information critical to the development of new and better drugs to treat tuberculosis (TB). Until recently, TB was considered to be a minor and decreasing problem in industrialized countries, even though TB remains the leading bacterial cause of death worldwide.

But the decline of TB in industrialized countries has recently undergone a reversal, with multi-drug resistant strains of the disease emerging and becoming more difficult to cure. This re-emergence has brought mycobacterial research, an area of study neglected over the past 20 years, to the forefront of microbiological research.