Dr. Milena Saqui-Salces and Team Awarded $500,000 Grant

March 02, 2021

Lawsonia intracellularis is a bacterium that infects the intestine of pigs. The infection caused diarrhea, decreased nutrient absorption and death in severe cases. To date, it is not known how these bacteria invade the intestinal cells and cause disease. This lack of knowledge limits our capacity to control the infection. The research group has developed a lab model (swine enteroids) that allows the group to study the infection in controlled conditions. They will use this model to define how the bacteria pathogenesis occurs and test compounds to stop the disease. Then, they will test in live animals products that have been successful in our model. This work will generate knowledge about the infection and identify compounds that could be used by pig producers to keep animals growing and healthy. Congratulations!