Rita Algorri

University of Southern California

Rita Algorri is a freelance writer, Ph.D. candidate in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, and Master's student in Regulatory Science at the University of Southern California. Her doctoral research focuses upon developing strategies to harness and modulate the host immune system during Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections and sepsis. She holds dual bachelor degrees in Nutrition and Food Science and English from Drexel University.

Latest from Rita Algorri

Forging the Trail for Polio Vaccination: Isabel Morgan and Dorothy Horstmann

  • Aug. 9, 2019
Polio vaccines have successfully eradicated polio from most countries; here we highlight two scientists, Morgan and Horstmann, who played key roles in the polio research that led to vaccines.

Foodborne Illness Part 3: How Does Salmonella Make Us Sick?

  • April 8, 2019
Salmonella is a common cause of foodborne illness. How does it make us sick? Find out how this bad bug can confuse your immune system and intestines.

Foodborne Illness Part II: How Do Scientists Track Outbreaks?

  • Feb. 8, 2019
Any food can be the source of the next foodborne illness outbreak. How do government scientists find contaminated products in our food supply?

Food Safety Part I: Foods to Avoid at Your Next Holiday Potluck

  • Nov. 21, 2018
Foodborne illness and food poisoning cause much illness and many deaths annually. Easy preventative measures can be taken to avoid getting sick.

Oncolytic Viral Therapies Offer One-Two Punch To Fight Glioblastoma

  • Sept. 18, 2018
GBM is one of the deadliest and most common forms of brain cancer in adults, affecting 2 or 3 out of every 100,000 people. To address the lack of effective GBM treatment strategies, there are over 200 interventional clinical trials ongoing in the US focused on innovating and/or optimizing therapies for managing GBM and improving survival.