Dr. Monica Embers is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of Vector-Borne Disease Research at the Tulane University National Primate Research Center. Dr. Embers studies Borrelia burgdorferi – the bacterial pathogen that causes Lyme disease. Her work focuses on use of well-established animal models to study Borrelia persistence in tissue and antibiotic efficacy against Lyme disease. She is also working on projects aimed at developing novel therapeutic strategies to eradicate Borrelia infection.