Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches

Course Information

Course Date: June 15 – August 4, 2019 Apply Here

Deadline: February 1, 2019

2018 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

Course Website

Directors: Barbara Burleigh, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Flaminia Catteruccia, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Photini Sinnis, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Financial Information: Tuition: $6,650.00; Room & Board: $3,750.00. The admissions process at the Marine Biological Laboratory is need-blind, meaning that we evaluate students on their merits alone, without weighing their financial situations. Financial assistance will be considered for those admitted students who are in need. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to complete a financial aid request form if they need assistance.

In 2018, 100% of those students in the Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches course who requested financial aid received some support. The amount of financial aid available from the MBL varies by course based on funding from grants and scholarships, but typically covers 80-100% of student need.

Course Description

A unique 7-week course for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and independent investigators, who are seeking in-depth training in modern approaches to the study of protozoan parasites and parasitic worms.

This course is focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which human and animal parasites cause disease and the host responses to infection. The course consists of daily lectures by distinguished leaders in the field juxtaposed with intensive experimental work. The lectures cover most areas of active research in modern parasitology and are designed to complement the laboratory work. Ample opportunity is provided for students to interact informally with visiting lecturers and course faculty. In the laboratory, the students work together in small groups, gaining hands-on experience and working collaboratively with the faculty to explore new questions and discover new knowledge. Students will use advanced imaging, flow cytometry, biophysical methods and a variety of state-of-the-art molecular and cell biological techniques to study mechanisms of nutrient uptake, drug resistance, parasite motility, host-to-host transmission by insect vectors and immune responses to infection. Students will gain experience working with malaria parasites, Toxoplasma gondii, African trypanosomes, Entamoeba histolytica, parasitic worms and the mosquitoes that transmit malaria. The course is international by design, with students and faculty coming from around the world. Students will complete the course with a new set of experimental tools to apply to their own research, a greatly expanded network of international colleagues, and a deep and broad appreciation for the remarkable interactions that occur at the host–parasite interface.

2018 Course Faculty & Lecturers

Beiting, Dan, University of Pennsylvania
Burleigh, Barbara, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Butler, Noah, University of Iowa
Carrington, Mark, University of Cambridge
Carruthers, Vern, University of Michigan
Catteruccia, Flaminia, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Collins, Jim, Univ. of Texas Southwestern
Descoteaux, Albert, McGill University
Deitsch, Kirk, Weill Cornell Medical College
Fikrig, Erol, Yale University
Hallem, Elissa, University of California, Los Angeles
Harb, Omar, University of Pennsylvania
Horn, David, University of Dundee
Hu, Ke, Indiana University
Kamhawi, Shaden, NIAHD, NIH
Levashina, Elena, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology
Lodoen, Melissa, University of California, Irvine
Loke, Png, NYU School of Medicine
Lourido, Sebastian, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Maizels, Rick, University of Glasgow
Marti, Matt, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Mugnier, Monica, Johns Hopkins
Nair, Meera, University of California, Riverside
Paredez, Alexander, University of Washington-Seattle
Raper, Jayne, City University of New York
Roditi, Isabel, University of Bern
Rogers, Matthew, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Salinas, Irene, University of New Mexico
Scott, Phillip, University of Pennsylvania
Sinnis, Photini, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Sher, Alan, National Institutes of Health
Siegel, Nicolai, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
Singh, Upi, Stanford University
Striepen, Boris, University of Georgia
Svärd, Staffan, Uppsala University
Taylor, Terrie, Michigan State University
Ward, Gary, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Wilson, Emma, UC Riverside

Course Support

This course is supported with funds provided by:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Promega