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Falkow was a pioneer in the study of how infectious microbes and host cells interact to cause disease at the molecular level. When he won the Lasker Medical Prize in 2008, a New York Times article explained:
[Falkow] was honored for his discoveries that grew out of an extraordinary ability to imagine himself as a bacterium so he could view the world from the microbial perspective.
That talent helped him discover the molecular nature of antibiotic resistance; forge new laboratory tools that revolutionized the way scientists think about how microbes cause disease; and train a number of students who have become scientific leaders in infectious diseases.