Tuberculosis Basic Research

NIAID supports basic research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of TB, and seeks to understand how the bacterium causes disease in humans. The Institute is accelerating efforts to identify new candidate drugs, vaccines and biomarkers and technologies with diagnostic potential to improve TB diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies. NIAID also supports research to map the diversity of genetic drug resistant Mtb and assess what factors influence the occurrence, distribution, and transmission of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant strains of Mtb.

Content last reviewed on