University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Brissette bolsters infectious disease research effort at School of Medicine and Health Sciences

CatherineBrissetteCatherine A. Brissette has been named assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She will conduct research and teach medical and graduate students.

Brissette’s research focus at UND, the subject of her postdoctoral work, will be the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the cause of Lyme disease. This disease is the most frequently reported tick-borne disease of humans in the United States. The incidence of this disease has been steadily on the rise since first described in the late 1970s.

“All evidence indicates that Lyme disease will continue to be a widespread public health problem,” said Brissette. “I hope my research leads to better diagnostic techniques.”

This past fall, Brissette completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in pathobiology from the University of Washington in 2006. In 1998, Brissette received her Master of Science in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of Vermont. She is a 1994 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in zoology.

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2733,

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