Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Cellular Biology, Dr. Roberto Docampo, has discovered a specialized structure inside trypanosome parasites that contain proteins proved to be responsible for the their growth and replication. This makes an ideal target for eliminating the parasites that cause both Chagas disease and Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as African sleeping sickness.

Trypanosoma brucei is a single cell parasite that causes Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), which is also known as African sleeping sickness. When Justin Wiedeman, a PhD student in Dr. Kojo Mensa-Wilmot’s lab, started investigating protein kinase TbCK1.2, which is an enzyme found near the flagellum of Trypanosoma brucei, he found that he needed a tool for visualizing the membranes of this parasite, and none of the membrane probes on the market quite did the job.

The winner of the 2018 Annual Graduate Program Research Photo Contest is Jennifer Jenkins with this photograph of planarians (flatworms) that have been through whole-mount in situ hybridization labeling the central nervous system.