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Ephraim Tsalik

Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University School of Medicine.

My research is focused on understanding the dynamic between host and pathogen so as to discover and develop host-response markers that can diagnose and predict health and disease.  This new and evolving approach to diagnosing illness has the potential to significantly impact individual as well as public health considering the rise of antibiotic resistance.

With any potential infectious disease diagnosis, it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine at the time of presentation what the underlying cause of illness is.  For example, acute respiratory illness is among the most frequent reasons for patients to seek care. These symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, and fever may be due to a bacterial infection, viral infection, both, or a non-infectious condition such as asthma or allergies.

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Details last updated 28-Jan-2021

Ephraim Tsalik News

Blood test can now tell if antibiotics are needed for infections

Telegraph - 20-Jan-2016

Antibiotics have no effect on respiratory infections caused by viruses – but doctors under press...