Jennifer Zambriski, clinical assistant professor, has been awarded $291,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study Cryptosporidium, a parasite that is the second leading cause of diarrhea in infants worldwide. Children under two years of age who contract this parasite are at an increased risk of malnutrition and stunting, which can irrevocably affect cognitive development. There is currently no vaccine to prevent infection, but two medications hold promise as effective treatments. Because calves are also susceptible to the same infection, Dr. Zambriski and her team will treat animals with the drugs to learn more about their effectiveness. Their results could help children in resource-poor areas, while also helping agriculture in the United States and abroad. Her work will be the foundation for a large-scale clinical trial in children in Africa.
Shira Broschat, adjunct professor in the Allen School, received a Women of Color Empowered Award for Women in Male-Dominated Careers from the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation. Dr. Broschat and 13 other women were in Seattle to receive the award in February 2015. The Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation started Women of Color Empowered to enhance the quality of life for women of all races and backgrounds, empower women in the workforce, and help women give back to their communities.