Tag Archives: bacteriophages

Texas A&M University’s Center for Phage Technology to the forefront

Revitalizes treatment opportunities largely unused for nearly a century COLLEGE STATION — With a major hub of bacteriophage research in College Station, Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have worked to support and produce the only state-funded bacteriophage research center in the U.S. Bacteriophage therapy, a treatment using bacterial viruses to treat bacterial infections, has made headway through the years in the field of medicine as a way to potentially reduce dependence upon antibiotic use. FROM THE START Nearly 100 years ago, the use of bacteriophage,… Read More →

This man should have died, but unusual infusions saved his life

Bacteriophages, or phages, are viruses that infect bacteria. These organisms are abundant in the environment and are a major predator of bacteria in natural systems.  Because phages naturally infect and kill bacteria, there is considerable interest in using them as antimicrobials to control bacterial populations, particularly pathogenic bacteria. Impressive and cutting-edge research is ongoing at Texas A&M University’s Center for Phage Technology where Dr. Jason Gill, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, serves as the Associate Director. For more information, visit the CPT website: https://cpt.tamu.edu/. Below is a… Read More →

Gill awarded NIH grant to study phages as antibacterial treatment

Writer: Courtney Coufal, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jason Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife research scientist, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and member of the Center for Phage Technology at Texas A&M, has been awarded a $411,125 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the basic biology of bacteriophages (phages) – viruses that naturally infect and kill bacteria. The study will examine the biology of one of the major groups of phages that infect Staphylococcus aureus, an opportunistic pathogen that harms humans and… Read More →