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Thomas A. Cebula, microbiologist and JHU professor
Thomas A. Cebula, microbiologist and JHU professor

Thomas A. Cebula, a lauded microbiologist who helped develop ways to speed up the identification of dangerous pathogens and taught as a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University, died Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital following a heart attack. He was 67. Dr. Cebula's research work, most recently as chief science officer for Rockville-based CosmosID, helped quicken diagnosis and treatment of disease. "In his field, he was one of the top people," said Maurice Bessman, a biology professor at Hopkins who was teaching there when Dr. Cebula received his doctorate in 1974 and remained friends with him. "He was involved in developing algorithms which could take...

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