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Our work focuses on vaccine and drug development for prevention and treatment of epidemic cholera, which is spread aquatically in unhygienic conditions. Our current efforts involve interference with the production and function of a protein, TcpA, that forms specialized pili on the surface of the marine bacterium, Vibrio cholerae and facilitates infection of humans. The pili allow the bacteria to self-adhere, forming particles that become entrapped within the architecture of the human intestine where the bacteria release cholera toxin, causing severe, life-threatening diarrhea. The research encompasses studies on epitope specific protective immune responses as well as selective drug targets for cholera prevention. The studies are generally applicable to a number of serious infectious diseases such as meningitis, hemorrhagic colitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and infections associated with cystic fibrosis.



Our scientific environment and research programs provide excellent opportunities for training, teaching, and for delivering professional presentations at a variety of venues ranging from informal lab meetings and retreats to international meetings.



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Dr. Ronald K. Taylor

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology

Vail Bldg. Rm 106

Hanover NH 03755


Phone: (603) 650-1623

In Memory of Ron

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Ron Taylor. Ron passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 26th, 2016.



Dartmouth College will hold a memorial service on Friday, May 27 at 3:30pm in Rollins Chapel. A reception will follow in the Life Sciences Building immediately after the service.




Contributions may be made in memory of Dr. Ronald Taylor. Please make checks payable to the Geisel School of Medicine and write Microbiology/Immunology Gift Fund in the memo line. Mail to c/o Michele Clark, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH  03756. Online donations can be made at the following link: 

https://www.youcaring.com/ron-taylor-graduate-student-scholarship-fund-547157