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Greenville Professor Visits Harvard To Help Combat Global Disease

by Rachel Heston-Davis Greenville Professor Visits Harvard To Help Combat Global Disease

Greenville University Assistant Professor of Biology Bwarenaba Kautu will spend the next two years in collaboration with a team of scientists at Harvard Medical School to help develop a molecular diagnostic tool that could boost the medical community’s ability to combat disease.

Kautu and the Harvard team hope this tool could diagnose deadly viruses and bacteria, such as tuberculosis, malaria, Ebola, HIV, hepatitis and more, before symptoms arise.

“According to the World Health Organization, such diseases continue to claim millions of lives each year,” Kautu says, “the majority of whom are children and citizens of impoverished nations.”

This knowledge fuels his conviction to serve the Lord through this project.

“I truly believe that the Lord is calling me to use my scientific skills, knowledge and training to contribute to the healing of our ailing world,” Kautu says. “I see this calling as an opportunity to minister to and share the love of Jesus Christ with the sick, the poor and the broken world.”

Kautu hopes to take this ministry of healing to his home country of Kiribati, a small island republic in the Central Pacific, where he’d like to work with government officials to implement the diagnostic tool his team will develop.

Kautu will maintain communication with G.U. students and the Department of Biology during his two years at Harvard, supervising an undergraduate honors thesis and collaborating with Associate Professor of Biology Eugene Dunkley on a neurobiology research project. Kautu’s time at Harvard could potentially open doors for G.U. student researchers to conduct research at Harvard also.

Kautu will return to Greenville University in June 2020.

 

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This story was published on August 08, 2018




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