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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

BU hires Ebola expert for biolab

By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff

Boston University today announced that it has landed a prominent Ebola researcher from Germany to help run its high-security research laboratory in the South End, the second major position filled this month at the controversial facility.

Dr. Elke Mühlberger will oversee research examining how viruses spread as well as projects focused on the smallest biological components of germs. Mühlberger will join BU's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories in March from the University of Marburg in Germany. The centerpiece of the project, which is under construction on Albany Street, is a Biosafety Level-4 lab where scientists will be able to study the world's deadliest germs, including Ebola, anthrax, and plague.

Mülhberger's research on Ebola and another highly lethal germ, Marburg virus, has been published in such prominent research journals as Science and the Journal of Virology.

Earlier this month, BU announced it had appointed another Ebola researcher to the number two position at the lab. Thomas W. Geisbert, who was named associate director, comes to BU from a similar position at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he presides over that agency's Biosafety Level-4 lab.

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