Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

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  • Molecular Cell Biology of Parasite Morphology

    Eukaryotic protozoal parasites have evolved an amazing diversity of shapes and forms that are adapted to different ecological niches. In the lab we study how the cell shape of the protozoal parasites, Leishmania mexicana and Trypanosoma brucei, is formed, maintained, and changed. Leishmania mexicana and Trypanosoma brucei cause diseases that affect the poorest people in less developed countries around the world and understanding their morphogenesis is critical to deciphering how these parasites interact with their host.