Newsletter December 2022

Jessica Kissinger poses for a photo in the Infectious Diseases Institute in Uganda where she is currently a US Fullbright Scholar. (Photo/Courtesy Jessica Kissinger)

Creating databases to help cure diseases worldwide

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graduate student Cassie Russell in front of biological safety cabinet in Dennis Kyle's laboratory at the University of Georgia

Increasing the knowledge base on brain-eating amoeba

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Distinguished Research Professor Dr. Rick Tarleton of the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences on Thursday, May 8,. 2008. Dr. Tarleton is researching the effects of drug treatments on Chagas' disease.

Researchers discover potential treatment for Chagas disease

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Samarchith Kurup is an assistant professor of cellular biology studying the human immune response to Plasmodium infection. (photo credit: Lauren Corcino)

UGA researcher uncovers humans’ natural weapon against malaria

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postdoctoral fellow Lola Fagbami

Fagbami named 2022 Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Fellow

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Jessica Kissinger with student

Jessica Kissinger elected as AAAS Fellow

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T32 Trainee Reagan Haney has been named a 2022 ARCS Scholar of the ARCS Atlanta Chapter

Cassie and Nathan

Graduate student Cassie Russell and postdoctoral fellow Nathan Chasen both received best poster awards at the annual Molecular Parasitology Meeting.


Learn more about the 2022-2023 Training Grant Fellows.

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In the News

Vasant Muralidharan

Vasant Muralidharan interviewed on The Athens Frontline Podcast

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Dennis Kyle

Dennis Kyle is quoted in “brain-eating” amoeba news stories

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Jessica Kissinger

Jessica Kissinger was interviewed on Talking Biotech with Dr. Kevin Folta

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Recently Funded Projects

Andrew Moorhead received a National Institutes of Health grant for the production and distribution of filiarial research reagents. He also received an award from the American Heartworm Society for a study to determine the optimum dose of doxcycline/ivermectin administration in treatment of Dirofilaria immitis.

Samarchith Kurup received a National Institutes of Health grant for the project Type-1 Interferons drive cell-autonomous immunity to malaria.

Christopher West, along with his colleagues at the State University of New York at Buffalo, received a National Institutes of Health grant to study protist oxygen sensing in human disease.

R. Drew Etheridge received a National Institutes of Health grant to study the mechanistic basis for phagotrophy in the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi.

Chet Joyner, along with his colleagues at The Scripps Research Instituted, received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for phenotypic and transcriptional analysis of engineered antigen specific B cells and antibody secreting cells in nonhuman primates. He also received a National Institutes of Health with his colleagues at the University of Maryland to study host and parasite factors influencing P. vivax red blood cell invasion and asexual development. Joyner and his colleagues at MRIGlobal received a U.S. Department of Defense grant to evaluate the impact of freeze-thaw cycle on the detection of Plasmodium falciparum using Tropical Fever tests on Gx and Omni instruments. With colleagues at the University of Arizona and Emory University, Joyner received funding to study the homing properties of the optimal “synthetic plasma cell” product in NHPs.

Ynes Ortega received a grant from Pure Bioscience, Inc. to study the use of silver based disinfectant against parasites.

M. Belen Cassera, with her colleagues at the University of Illinois – Chicago, received a National Institutes of Health grant to optimize antimalarials targeting multiple life stages of the parasite.

Rick Tarleton

New Hope for Treatment of a Very Neglected, Neglected Tropical Disease.
Read Rick Tarleton’s invited post on the Microbiology Community blog.

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Justine Shiau

Trainee Spotlight: Justine Shiau

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