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Infectious disease researcher Joel Bozue is CAS Professor of the Day

November 21, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Joel Bozue (bazoo) '90 has gone a long way since his early days in biology classrooms and laboratories at Western Illinois University where he received Foundation scholarships for the outstanding biology student all four years.

He is now a microbiologist and principal investigator in the bacteriology division at The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRID), Ft. Detrick, MD. Bozue was invited to return to his undergraduate alma mater in November as the College of Arts and Sciences Professor of the Day to speak to science students about his research with bacteria related to anthrax and to the plague. He has worked at USAMRID since 2000.

Bozue will talk about his research at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Currens Hall 202. A reception will follow in Currens 210. The event is open free to the public.

After his tenure at Western, Bozue entered the University of Iowa where he was a teaching assistant for medical mycology (1991), medical microbiology (1991-1995) and a tutor for medical microbiology in the College of Medicine's Office of Minority Student Affairs. He earned his Ph.D. from Iowa in 1995 studying how Legionalla pneumophila, the bacterium that causes Legionnaire's disease, can survive in the environment. From there, he did his post-doctoral work at The Ohio State University (OSU) in the Department of Pediatrics. Bozue received a National Research Award Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health at OSU in 1997 for his research studying Haemophilus ducreyi, which causes the disease chancroid.

For more information about Bozue's talk, contact Bryce Dexter, development director, (309) 298-1828 or

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