Debra E. Bessen Ph.D. is presently a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at New York Medical College (USA), who has spent most of her professional adult life studying group A streptococci. The scientist who had the most influence on Debra’s thinking was Dr. Rebecca Lancefield, whom she never met, but had the privilege of reading “Mrs. L’s” laboratory notebooks (all of them!) while working at The Rockefeller University as a post-doc in the late 1980s. Dr. Lancefield’s work energized Debra to formulate questions on the underlying basis for skin versus throat tissue tropisms for group A streptococcal infections, which has been pursued using the tools and approaches of epidemiology, evolutionary biology and molecular pathogenesis. Debra’s hope is to help crack this incredibly complex puzzle, or at least find a few of the missing pieces.
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