Membership Directory

Mark Brown

Mark Brown
Professor, Department of Entomology

Characterize the structure and function of peptide hormones and their receptors that activate key reproductive processes in two mosquito species: the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and the African malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae.

M. Belen Cassera
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Functional metabolomics applied to eukaryotic pathogens and antimalarial drug discovery from natural products and synthetic sources

Donald Champagne

Donald Champagne
Associate Professor, Department of Entomology

Vector biology; salivary factors, particularly polypeptides, which facilitate blood feeding by inhibiting hemostatic defenses in vertebrate hosts.

Dan Colley

Daniel Colley
Professor, Department of Microbiology; Director, SCORE

Immunology of schistosomiasis and operational research in support of schistosomiasis control.

Harry Dickerson

Harry Dickerson
Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases; Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine

Molecular approaches to diagnosis and vaccine development in fish and livestock diseases.

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Roberto Docampo
 Barbara and Sanford Orkin – GRA Eminent Scholar in Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases; Professor, Department of Cellular Biology

Metabolic pathways of trypanosomatids and malaria parasites.

Drew Etheridge
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular Biology

The Host-Parasite Interface; Identification and characterization of Toxoplasma gondii parasite effectors used to manipulate host cellular processes.

Stephen Hajduk

Stephen Hajduk
Professor and Department Head, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molecular and biochemical basis of parasitic diseases

Donald Harn

Donald Harn
Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigator, Department of Infectious Diseases

Identification of cell receptors and signaling pathways that drive anti-inflammatory activation of antigen presenting cells; development of vaccines and therapeutics for HIV-1 and schistosomiasis

Jessica Kissinger

Jessica Kissinger
Professor, Department of Genetics; Director, Institute of Bioinformatics

Comparative genomic approaches to address issues relevant to the evolution and biology of the Apicomplexa. Big data and data integration for the solution of biological and host-pathogen interaction research questions.

Dennis Kyle
Director, CTEGD; GRA Eminent Scholar in Antiparasitic Drug Discovery; Professor, Departments of Cellular Biology and Infectious Diseases

Drug discovery and mechanisms of resistance; malaria, “brain-eating” amoebae, and visceral leishmaniasis

Patrick Lammie

Patrick J. Lammie
 Supervisory Research Biologist, Parasitic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Cellular Biology

Immunology of human bancroftian filariasis and cryptosporidiosis.

Kojo Mensa-Wilmot

Kojo Mensa-Wilmot
Professor and Department Head, Cellular Biology

Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, and molecular biology of Trypansoma brucei. Discovery of signaling pathways regulating essential processes in the parasite.

Julie Moore
Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases and Associate Vice President for Research

Human and animal model-based studies of host immune mechanisms in malaria during pregnancy and their disruption in HIV-1 infection; immunopathogenesis of malaria-associated pregnancy loss.

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Silvia Moreno
Professor, Department of Cellular Biology

Biochemical studies of Toxoplasma gondii: identification of differences in Ca2+ metabolism and function between the host cell and the parasite.

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Vasant Muralidharan
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular Biology

Cells in infection and immunity, Cell structure and function

Courtney Murdock
Assistant Professor, Odum School of Ecology & Department of Infectious Diseases

Our research applies ecological and evolutionary theory to better understand the host-vector-parasite interaction, key environmental drivers of transmission, and how future environmental change will affect the distribution of vector-borne diseases

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Ynes Ortega
Associate Professor, Center for Food Safety, Department of Food Science & Technology

Detection of human and animal pathogenic parasites in food, biological and environmental samples; pathogenesis of coccidian parasites with emphasis on Crytosporidium parvum and Cyclospora cayetanensis. Methods for parasite inactivation in food products.

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David Peterson
Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases

Role of Plasmodium adhesion proteins in pathogenesis of placental malaria.

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Robert Sabatini
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Antigenic variation in African trypanosomes

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Mike R. Strand
Regents Professor, Department of Entomology

Parasite-host interactions with emphasis on the study of parasitic wasps (parasitoids), insect development, and immunity.

Boris Striepen
Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Cellular Biology

Biology of Cryptosporidium and Toxoplasma

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Rick L. Tarleton
Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Cellular Biology, and UGA Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences

Mechanisms of immunity and disease in Trypanosoma cruzi infections.

Christopher West
Professor and Department Head, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The evolution and function of parasite glycosyltransferases, utilizing biochemistry in conjunction with gene editing and glycomic profiling to elucidate enzymatic and cellular roles.

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Adrian Wolstenholme
Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases

Anthelmintic drugs and parasitic nematodes: mechanisms of action and modes of resistance. Ion channels and receptors in the nematode nervous system.