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Willy Burgdorfer Collection of Lyme Disease Research Materials

Dr. Wilhelm (“Willy”) Burgdorfer was a world-renowned scientist and researcher in the field of medical entomology. He is the discoverer of the causative agent of Lyme disease, a previously unknown genus of bacteria of the spirochete phylum, which was subsequently named borrelia Burgdorferi in his honor. During his thirty-five year career at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana, Dr. Burgdorfer studied anthropods, spirochetes and other human pathogens. His pioneering discoveries in the field of tick borne diseases are still used today. This collection incorporates items from Dr. Burgdorfer’s personal and professional life, including original research, laboratory work, photographs, research slides, and many distinguished career awards.

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