About the Authors

Khandra T. Sears, Shane M. Ceraul, Joseph J. Gillespie, M. Sayeedur Rahman, Abdu F. Azad
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Joseph J. Gillespie
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Edwin D. Allen Jr.
Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, United States of America

Vsevolod L. Popov
Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, WHO Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, United States of America

Nicole C. Ammerman
Center for Tuberculosis Research, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Corresponding Author

ksear001@umaryland.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: KTS SMC JJG NCA MSR. Performed the experiments: KTS SMC JJG VLP EDA NCA. Analyzed the data: KTS SMC JJG VLP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: VLP AFA. Wrote the paper: KTS SMC.