Professor William Shafer

Professor William M. Shafer (Ph.D. degree from Kansas State University [1979] and NRSA post-doctoral fellow at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine [1979-1982]) has been on the Emory School of Medicine faculty since 1982 as a member of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He has been continuously funded for the past 33 years for his work on antibiotic resistance and bacterial pathogenesis and currently holds a 10 year NIH MERIT Award. He is also a recipient of a Senior Research Career Scientist Award from the VA Medical Research Service. The Shafer laboratory is engaged in research dealing with the mechanisms by which Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted infection termed gonorrhea, develops resistance to antibiotics used in therapy and how this strict human pathogen evades host defenses. He has published over 150 manuscripts, reviews and book chapters as well as training numerous Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellows during his career.