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Terrie Taylor
Faculty
Traverse City, Michigan, and
Blantyre, Malawi
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Terrie Taylor

Of mosquito bites, healing, and hope.

Faculty
Traverse City, Michigan, and
Blantyre, Malawi


Terrie Taylor has dedicated the last two decades to researching malaria in sub-Saharan Africa where the disease kills as many as two million children each year. A University Distinguished Professor of internal medicine in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Taylor spends six months of each year–the rainy season–in Malawi where she leads a team that conducts research on malaria and treats patients infected with the disease, the vast majority of whom are children.

Her efforts are paying off. A partnership formed by MSU, Malawi, and GE Healthcare delivered the African country’s first and only MRI unit, which now allows Taylor and her colleagues to see inside malaria patients like never before. With a clearer picture of the disease, Taylor is helping save lives, but she continues to search for more effective means of treatment and, better yet, a cure.

A new $9.1 million federal grant awarded to Taylor and her team in July 2010 will help them create new prevention and control strategies in Malawi.