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Author: Donna Huber

Patrick Lammie Awarded Donald Mackay Medal

Pat LammiePatrick Lammie, CTEGD member and adjunct faculty in the Department of Cellular Biology, was awarded the Donald Mackay Medal during the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s (ASTMH) annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.

The Donald Mackay Medal recognizes outstanding work in tropical health, especially relating to improvements in the health of rural or urban workers in the tropics. In a long-standing partnership with the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH), the Donald Mackay Medel is awarded in odd years by ASTMH and in even years by RSTMH.

CTEGD at ASTMH Annual Meeting

Many of CTEGD researchers and collaborators will be at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s Annual meeting in Baltimore, MD next week. Below is a list of presentations where you can hear about the work we are doing.

November 5

Session Parasitology (ACMCIP) Pre-Meeting Course: Single Cell Biology for Parasitologists – 2:00 – 2:45 pm, Hilton Holiday Ballroom 4 (East Building, 2nd Floor)

Bioinformatics Approaches to Single Cell Parasitology

Presenter: Jessica Kissinger

November 6

Session 24 – Protozoa – 10:30 – 10:45 am, Convention Center Room 337/338

84A natural mouse model for cryptosporidiosis

Presenter: Adam Sateriale (Striepen Research Group)

Session 15 – What Kinds of Molecules are Needed to Control and Eradicate Malaria? – 10:55 – 11:15 am, Convention Center Ballroom I (Level 400)

TCP3: Strategies for identifying novel anti-relapse agents

Presenter: Dennis Kyle, director of CTEGD

Session 28 – Poster Session A – 12:00 – 1:45 pm, Convention Center – Hall F and G (level 100)

LB-5052 – Drug Resistant Phenotypes for Artemisinins in GFP Expression Plasmodium falciparum From SE Asia

Presenter: Vivian Padin-Irizarry (Kyle Research Group)

LB-5033 – PfGRP170 is an essential ER protein in the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum

Presenter: Heather Bishop (Muralidharan Research Group)

November 7

Session 84 – Kinetoplastida: Molecular Biology and Immunology – 10:15 – 10:30 am, Convention Center Room 341/342

768 – Alterations in the IL27 pathway are correlated with the loss of Trypanosoma cruiz-specific T cells in patients with chronic Chagas Disease

Presenter: Maria Natale (collaborator, Tarleton Research Group)

Session 86 – Poster Session B – 12:00 -1:45 pm Convention Center – Hall F and G (level 100)

LB5207 – Investigating the role of PfHsp70x, the sole parasite exported Hsp70, in the display of antigens on the surface of the P. falciparum infected RBC

Presenter: David Cobb (Muralidharan Research Group)

877Resolving Temperature-driven Malaria Transmission Models

Presenter: Kerri Miazgowicz (Murdock Research Group)

1039 – EuPathDB: Powerful Data-Mining Tools for Exploring the Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions

Presenter: Susanne Warrenfeltz (Kissinger Research Group)

Session 106 – Science is Real: Climate Change Impacts on Vector Borne-Diseases – 4:20 – 4:40 pm, Convention Center Ballroom IV (level 400)

Estimating vector-borne disease transmission in a variable environment

Presenter: Courtney Murdock

November 8

Session 145 – Poster Session C – 12:00 – 1:45 pm, Convention Center, Hall F and G (level 100)

LB-5362 – Global metabolic profiles differentiate acute and chronic malaria in rhesus macaques and humans

Presenter: Regina Joice Cordy (collaborator, Kissinger Research Group)

1672 – Multi-omic analysis of severity of infection in Macaca mulatta infected with Plasmodium cynomolgi

Presenter: Juan Gutierrez (collaborator, Kissinger Research Group)

LB-5397 – Enhancement of three closely-related species of Cryptosporidium genome annotation resources

Presenter: Rodrigo Baptista (Kissinger Research Group)

November 9

Session 192 – ACMCIP: Malaria and Protozoal Diseases – Biology and Pahtogenesis – 11:15 – 11:30 am, Convention Center Room 321/322/323 (level 300)

2013 – A natural mouse model for cryptosporidiosis

Presenter: Adam Sateriale (Striepen Research Group)

Session 188 – Malaria: Application of Innovative Technologies – 11:30 – 11:45 am, Convention Center Ballroom II (level 400)

1987 – Characterization of physiological signatures of Plasmodium infections in nonhuman primates using a continuous telemetry system

Presenter: Jessica Brady (collaborator, Kissinger Research Group)

Trainee Spotlight: Msano Mandalasi

trainee Msano Mandalasi
Msano Mandalasi, a post-doctoral trainee in Chris West‘s laboratory, is originally from Malawi, (located in southeastern Africa) and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Malawi. After graduation, she worked briefly for the University of Malawi and then came to the US to obtain a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Later, she enrolled in a doctoral graduate program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she graduated in 2012. She spent two years teaching undergraduate Chemistry before deciding to get back into research. She joined Dr. West’s group while he was at the University of Oklahoma and moved with the lab to the University of Georgia.

Msano’s research focus

The focus of Msano’s project is on the role of prolyl hydroxylation and glycosylation of E3 Ubiquitin ligase on Toxoplasma growth.

With a research background mostly in chemistry and biochemistry, her graduate research introduced her to some aspect of parasitology working on Schistosome glycobiology. However, she did not have a strong background in molecular biology prior to joining the West lab. This current project merges glycobiology and molecular biology and also extends some parasitology studies, thus giving her the opportunity to learn molecular biology and parasitology to complement her chemistry background. A combination of this expert knowledge will benefit her to address the research objectives on her Toxoplasma project.

Capstone experience

Each T32 trainee is provided with the opportunity to complete a capstone experience at the end of their fellowship. This experience allows for an extended visit to a collaborator’s laboratory or travel to a scientific meeting where they present their research and interact with colleagues. Msano plans to use her capstone experience to give oral presentations at scientific meetings, to publish some of the studies conducted within this time period, and interact with other trainees in the program.

T32 fellowship helps trainees achieve their goals

“Through the funding provided by the T32 Training Grant, I will be able to address research questions that should lead to launching my own area of research,” said Msano.

Msano hopes to run her own independent research program in academia one day.


Support trainees like Msano Mandalasi by giving to the Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases

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