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Creighton Student Earns Coveted Fellowship

Creighton Student Earns Coveted Fellowship

Amber Schmidtke, a Creighton University School of Medicine postdoctoral fellow from Papillion, Neb., has been selected as an Association of Public Health Laboratories Emerging Infectious Disease Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Center for Infectious Disease. The association is headquartered at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

She is one of only nine postdoctoral fellows in the United States to receive the coveted two-year fellowship in 2008. The programís goal is to attract the nationís best laboratory scientists for careers in public health.

Schmidtke will begin her fellowship in January, investigating the potential reasons behind a global upsurge in pertussis infections, also known as whooping cough, in recent years.

At Creighton, Schmidtke completed her doctoral dissertation on the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an organism that can cause suffering and even death due to complications from pneumonia among cystic fibrosis patients. Nancy Hanson, associate professor with the Creighton School of Medicineís Center for Research in Anti-Infectives and Biotechnology, served as Schmidtkeís mentor. Hanson is a leading expert on the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains.