Stephen Beverley, PhD, the Marvin A. Brennecke Professor and head of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is one of 26 fellows named this year to the society, the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health.
Beverley studies the deadly protozoan parasite Leishmania, which is spread by the bite of a sand fly, infecting 100 million and sickening 10 million people worldwide every year. His work helped delineate the complicated Leishmania life cycle, and his studies of the molecular genetics of the protozoan have led to new targets for drug treatment and a better understanding of how the parasite evades the immune system. Beverley also has pioneered the use of genetically modified parasites as safe live vaccines and drug-delivery tools.
He also is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Science.