Defining the Apical Complex In Toxoplasma


Defining the Apical Complex In Toxoplasma

Davis Auditorium
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute


1g Royal Parade

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Professor David Sibley’s research has focused on understanding the cellular microbiology of parasites, especially Toxoplasma gondii, which causes the common and sometimes debilitating infection toxoplasmosis. These parasitic infections often are benign but can become life-threatening in people with weakened immune systems, including newborns, the elderly, or patients with HIV or undergoing cancer therapies. He has made major contributions to the field of parasite biology in describing how T. gondii invades cells and what factors determine how severe the infection is. That work also has served as a model for understanding related parasitic infections, including malaria. His lab also is developing ways to study Cryptosporidium infection, a major cause of pediatric diarrheal disease in developing parts of the world. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and has been recognized for his research with the Burroughs-Wellcome Award in Molecular Parasitology and the Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology. He will present in this seminar his recent work in understanding the importance and function of the apical complex, the defining feature of the phylum Apicomplexa and its role in pathogenesis.

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