Dr. Vasant Muralidharan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular Biology, and his research team at the University of Georgia’s Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases are making great strides in understanding how the parasite Plasmodium falciparum invades human red blood cells to cause malaria symptoms that include fever, severe anemia, breathing difficulty, and kidney failure.
Dr. Silvia Moreno and her research team at the University of Georgia’s Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases and Department of Cellular Biology are providing evidence that it is possible to develop a drug combination to target Toxoplasmosis that synergistically inhibits both host and parasite enzymes.
Dr. Rick Tarleton, Distinguished Research Professor and University of Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences, has been named Regents' Professor. This is an honor conferred on one faculty member in the university each year.
Regents' Professorships are bestowed by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents on faculty members whose scholarship is recognized nationally and internationally as innovative and forerunning.
Dr. Roberto Docampo, Professor of Cellular Biology and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, has been named Distinguished Research Professor. This title is awarded to faculty who are recognized internationally for their original contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline.
Dr. Boris Striepen is featured in an NPR segment discussing his progress in the fight against a parasite that is a major cause of diarrheal disease in the developing world. It is contracted by drinking contaminated water. In the developing world, "small children can develop chronic diarrhea and die from the disease," says Striepen.
Finding new cures and a vaccine for the parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, has been hampered because scientists have not been able to grow it in a laboratory. There is also a lack of genetic tools.
Congratulations to Dr. Boris Streipen, who has recently been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy is an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. This distinction recognizes Dr. Streipen’s excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences. Academy Fellows are eminent leaders in the field of microbiology and are relied upon for authoritative advice and insight on critical issues in microbiology.
Dr. Vasant Muralidharan is the winner of the 2015 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award. Sponsored by the March of Dimes Foundation, the Basil O’Conner Award supports research in fetal and pediatric diseases. It is given to promising young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers.