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Tara Moriarty, PhD Research is an investment in the future, and the progress of our recent grantees is a result of this investment. Here we feature the work of Dr Tara Moriarty, Assistant Professor in the Matrix Dynamics Group, in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr Moriarty received a grant from the Banting Research Foundation to study how Lyme disease-causing bacteria move from the blood stream into tissues (project summary). As she says, the grant was "essential to the survival and development of my research lab at a very difficult time of funding, and has enabled us to perform key experiments required to obtain more sustained research support."

With preliminary data from the project we funded, Dr Moriarty succeeded in obtaining a 5-year operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In fact, hers was the highest-ranked new investigator grant in the field of infection and immunity that year, which resulted in her being awarded the Bhagirath Singh Early Career Award in Infection and Immunity for 2011.

Representative publication:

Moriarty TJ, Shi M, et al. Vascular binding of a pathogen under shear force through mechanistically distinct sequential interactions with host macromolecules. Mol Microbiol 2012;86:1116-1131. abstract