Study Reveals Key Cause of Treatment Failure in Chagas Disease

Dr. Rick Tarleton and his research team at the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia have uncovered what could be the underlying cause of ineffectual drug treatments for Chagas disease.

Chagas disease causes irreparable damage to the heart and digestive system, and kills more than 50,000 people each year in Central and South America. Effective prevention and treatment methods are virtually nonexistent.

NIH Awards $1.875 Million to Study Malaria Parasite

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. Rick Tarleton Named Regents’ Professor

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. Julie Stanton is a Lilly Teaching Fellow

Dr. Boris Striepen Makes Progress In Diarrheal Disease Parasite

Oocysts of Cryptosporidium parvum

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.

Boris Streipen elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

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.


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