Laurence Rahme

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Laurence Rahme is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Molecular Surgical Laboratory, in the Center for Surgery, Innovation and Bioengineering, Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA. Her group discovered mechanisms that govern bacterial virulence and regulatory networks involved in the host response to injury and susceptibility to infection. She is well known for the development of: i. anti-virulence strategies, a promising approach that could reduce antibiotic use, decrease the development of antibiotic resistance, and preserve beneficial flora; and ii. non-vertebrate models of infection that permit high-throughput interrogation and screening for virulence factors. Recently, her group developed tools and prognostic biomarkers for identification of individuals at high risk for infections.