Michael Kron, MD, MS
Professor, Dept of Medicine BBC
P: (414) 955-5613 | F: (414) 955-6568 | E: mkron[at]mcw.edu
Director, International Health BBC
Read about Dr. Kron's Jefferson Science Fellowship appointment.
View a video of Dr. Kron discussing his collaborations in international health with colleagues in the Philippines.
Dr. Kron presently serves as the principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health-funded collaborative study to identify compounds that might be useful in treating human filiarial diseases, which infect millions of persons. The research, funded by $3 million for five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, includes cooperation among an international network of laboratories, including MSU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, European Molecular Biology Laboratory-Grenoble in France, Goeteborg University in Sweden, and Basilea-Roche Pharmaceutical Ltd. in Basel, Switzerland. The researchers are working to identify novel chemical scaffolds that inhibit recombinant parasite aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase (AARS).
Under an exploratory grant from the Fogarty International Center of NIH, Dr. Kron is also leading a group focused on the natural products and biodiversity issues of terrestrial and marine organisms in the Philippines, which, with 7,100 islands, is considered one of five biodiversity hotspots worldwide. Partners in this project include the University of the Philippines and MSU’s microbiology, horticulture, and physiology departments, the Food Safety and Toxicology Center, and the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.
Dr. Kron has a broad array of international health work in his career, including as a consultant to the NIH-MSU-Sudan Medical Parasitology Program in Khartoum, fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, a member of the core faculty for the MSU Genetics Program Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and as a visiting scientist for the NIH-Philippines Tropical Medicine Research Center in Manila.
Dr. Kron serves as an advisor to the World Health Organization Special Program in Tropical Diseases, and has been a member of three National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases study sections on infectious diseases. He holds five MSU-U.S. patents related to assay development and anti-parasite drug discovery, and has two more patents pending.