Bacteria Associated with the Cause of Crohn’s Disease

Mentors Needed in Area of Bioinformatics

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic damage to the intestines, and has no cure or proven causes. Our goal is to find the cause associated with different bacteria acting as the intestinal wall, then continue to investigate a protein that might inhibit these bacteria.  We  will search through databases to compile bacteria associated with the disease, and will use bioinformatics to narrow the data to useful information.  We expect, at a minimum, to help stimulate Crohn’s research by finding some important bacteria that cause the autoimmune reaction in Crohn’s patients.

Type: Medical
Project Members: Matt Paronish, Isabel Bravo, and Alejandra Palacio
Date: Summer 2013