Linnie M Golightly   Associate Dean of Diversity

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Dr. Golightly is currently involved in the development and validation of ligase detection reaction (LDR) techniques combined with PCR, capillary electrophoresis, and Universal Arrays to simultaneously differentiate multiple microbial pathogens in a single sample using microbial signature profiles. This work is being performed in collaboration with Drs. Francis Barany and Davise Larone of the Departments of Microbiology and Pathology, respectively. In parallel the group is developing techniques to detect food and waterborne pathogens in collaboration with investigators at the Noguchi Memorial institute for Medical Research in Accra, Ghana and the GHESKIO center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Dr. Golightly's laboratory is specifically involved in the development of techniques to detect Dengue, West Nile and other emerging pathogens in blood as well as viral and protozoan pathogens in fecal specimens. Dr. Golightly is also interested in the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria. With Dr. Shahin Rafii in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Dr. Ben Gyan and colleagues at the Noguchi Memorial institute for Medical Research in Accra, Ghana she is investigating the hypothesis that cerebral malaria occurs due an imbalance in microvascular homeostasis.


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  • Global Health Research and Training in Malaria and Cholera: Opportunities for Novel Diagnostics and Therapeutics  awarded by National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases Principal Investigator 2014 - 2020
  • Weill Cornell Disparities Center of Excellence  awarded by Health Resources & Services Administration Co-Investigator 2018 - 2022
  • Career Advancement for Research in Health Equity  awarded by National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities Co-Principal Investigator 2019 - 2024
  • Clinical and Translational Science Center - UL1  awarded by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Co-Principal Investigator 2017 - 2022
  • Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Consortium for Global Health Fellows (VECDor) VUMC 63314  awarded by NEST Coordinating Center Key Personnel 2017 - 2022



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