(BSc, MSc California State, PhD Wesleyan Univ.)
Macdonald Campus, McGill University
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue,
Quebec H9X 3V9
reza.salavati [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
My research is focused on the fundamental molecular aspects of three related trypanosomatid pathogens, together known as the Tritryps: Trypanosoma brucei group, T. cruzi, and Leishmania species. Respectively, these species cause African sleeping sickness (and related diseases in animals), Chagas’ disease and Leishmaniasis.
The availability of the completed genome sequences (http://www.genedb.org/) for these three pathogens provides a basis for a better understanding of the genetic mechanisms and evolutionary events which have shaped both the common and distinct aspects of their life styles. In addition, the genome sequences provide a substantial opportunity for the identification of novel potential drug targets through bioinformatics and database mining.