Professor Ann Jerse

Dr. Jerse has worked in the field of sexually transmitted infections since 1991 and developed the first small animal models of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Gc) genital tract infection and Gc/chlamydial coinfection for studying pathogenesis in a whole model system and to accelerate product development. To help in the surveillance against antibiotic-resistant Gc, Dr. Jerse’s laboratory also maintains a biorepository for Gc isolated at U.S. military treatment facilities and overseas sites. She also studies how compensatory evolution and fitness advantages conferred by certain antibiotic resistance alleles contribute to the spread of antibiotic-resistant Gc. Translational research includes the development of gonorrhea vaccines and the pre-clinical testing of candidate antibiotics, vaccines, and vaginal microbicides against gonorrhea through agreements with NIAID or outside universities and pharmaceutical companies.