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Investigating Why a Tick-Borne Parasite Is Resistant to Treatment

Theileria equi is a tick-transmitted parasite that attacks and destroys the red blood cells of horses, resulting in a mortality rate as high as 20 percent. This fellow will compare two drugs used to treat T. equi and examine the mechanism for its developing drug resistance. Understanding the factors that lead to drug resistance
could help researchers develop new treatments to fight this devastating disease. In addition, this fellowship will facilitate the training of a veterinary scientist, addressing a critical need in veterinary medical research.

Dr. Siddra A. Hines, Washington State University, Pfizer Animal Health—Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship

Co-sponsor: Pfizer Animal Health