(BSc, MSc California State, PhD Wesleyan Univ.)
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The model organisms under study are three related trypanosomatid pathogens, together known as the Tritryps: Trypanosoma brucei group, T. cruzi , and Leishmania species. Respectively, these parasitic pathogens cause African sleeping sickness (and related diseases in animals), Chagas’ disease, and the spectrum of diseases called Leishmaniasis. There are two project areas in our laboratory. One is focused on Trypanosomatid systems biology, which is engaged in identifying genes that are essential for the pathogens and determining their function. The other is RNA editing a form of gene regulation that controls energy metabolism in these organisms.