Dr. Kyle Rohde

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida

The Importance of High-Quality Biosafety Cabinets for the Study of Tuberculosis

The key to the success of tuberculosis (TB) as a pathogen is its ability to evade the immune response and so, in seeking out improved and effective new treatments, it is imperative to understand what genes and virulence factors help TB survive within a host cell. In this video interview, Dr. Kyle Rohde, associate professor at the University of Central Florida, discusses his lab's in vitro studies of TB and how they hope to address this global medical crisis. Rohde goes on to explain how the use of NuAire's biosafety cabinets provides the sterility and containment required to conduct safe infection experiments of this mycobacterium.



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Dr. Kyle Rohde
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Dr. Kyle Rohde

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Kyle Rohde is Associate Professor at UCF. His work focuses on the understanding of TB pathogenesis. More

Dr. Kyle Rohde

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida

Tuberculosis (TB), caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), infects ~9 million new people and claims ~1.5 million lives each year. This ongoing global health crisis stems from the lack of an effective vaccine, inadequate diagnostics and drug regimens, emergence of multi-drug resistant strains, and synergism with HIV infection. Thus, there is an urgent need to better understand how Mtb causes disease in order to develop reliable diagnostics, protective vaccines, and fast-acting drugs effective against Mtb. By taking a multifaceted approach Rohde hopes to improve understanding of this disease and add to the arsenal of tools aimed at this pathogen, we hope to make a significant contribution to the fight against TB.