The increasing prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections has underscored the need for a better understanding of how these diverse and versatile pathogens cause disease. Although they are best recognized for causing infections of surgical wounds, prosthetic devices, and indwelling catheters; the emergence of more virulent strains that can cause serious infections in otherwise healthy individuals has sparked nationwide interest in these organisms.
The goals of the Center for Staphylococcal Research (CSR) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center are to:
conduct cutting-edge basic research on S. aureus and S. epidermidis,
promote clinical investigations on staphylococcal infections,
develop genetic and molecular tools for use by the staphylococcal research community, and
serve as an educational center for developing scientists interested in pursuing a career in staphylococcal disease research.
Although the researchers in the CSR have varied talents and expertise, we all have the common goal of developing novel antibiotics and therapeutic strategies to combat infections caused by these formidable pathogens.