TB Drug Resistance Research

Drug-resistant strains of M. tuberculosis are becoming more common, particularly in developing countries. Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), defined as resistance to at least isoniazid and rifampin, and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), defined as MDR-TB strains that are also resistant to fluoroquinolones and second-line injectable agents, are a growing concern. Researchers at Vanderbilt, with collaborators in Tennessee as well as Lima, Peru and Cape Town and Durban, South Africa, study resistance to fluoroquinolones, widely used for the treatment of bacterial infections, and how it may affect the diagnosis and treatment of TB.

Timothy Sterling [Email]
Infectious Disease

Nashville, TN, USA; Lima, Peru; Durban, South Africa


For all interests in Dr. Sterling's TB related projects, please contact VUMC TB Center Program Coordinator Hilary Vansell 
Other Faculty: Dr. Yuri van der Heijden 

Program Type


Funding Type



Africa, Central and South America, North America

Global Health Topics

Infectious Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Tuberculosis 


Post-doctoral students, residents, or trainees; Faculty members

Program Length

Flexible, depending on the individuals interests and needs

VU Affiliation

The program is affiliated with Vanderbilt.


Spanish very helpful if in Central/South America