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Rockford College biology professor and students conducting research on superbugs in local water ways

Friday, June 01, 2012  
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For immediate release – 6/1/12
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Assistant Professor of Biology Troy Skwor, Ph.D., will be conducting a research project this summer with two Rockford College students to research and report on the presence of Aeromonas, a type of bacterium that can cause a wide variety of infections in humans.

Student Jason Haggerty (senior, Belivedere), who will be assisted by Christina Fomina (sophomore, Rockford) is working with Dr. Skwor as part of the College’s Student-Faculty Research projects for 2012. Samples will be taken bi-weekly from at least three locations for ten weeks. If Aeromonas bacterium are found, Mr. Haggerty and will identify its pathogen, species, and antibiotic resistance.

Rockford Register Star reporter Kevin Haas details more about the study and how its results may assist the Rock River Reclamation District in their work in his May 30, 2012 article, Seeking superbug facts at Rock River Water Reclamation District.

Dr. Skwor teaches courses in molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, virology and biology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Medicinal microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and went on to earn his doctorate in medical sciences from Texas A & M University, College of Medicine. Dr. Skwor was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Center for Immunobiology and Vaccine Development. Additionally, Dr. Skwor will be traveling to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, this summer as a visiting professor in the Department of Microbiology. While there, he will be teaching molecular techniques involving detecting antibody levels against different pathogenic proteins and presenting a graduate seminar titled, "Immunopatholgy of trachoma: identifying the good from the bad.”

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