Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches

Course Information

Course Date: June 16 – August 5, 2018

Deadline: February 1, 2018 | Apply here

2017 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

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.

2017 Course Faculty & Lecturers

Aksoy, Serap, Yale School of Public Health
Allen, Judith, University of Manchester
Barrett, Michael, University of Glasgow
Boyle, Jon, University of Pittsburgh
Burleigh, Barbara, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Catteruccia, Flaminia, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Deitsch, Kirk, Weill Cornell Medical College
Engstler, Markus, University of Wuerzburg
Figueiredo, Luisa, Instituto de Medicina Molecular
Frickel, Eva, The Francis Crick Institute
Frischknecht, Friedrich, Heidelberg University
Heussler, Volker, Universitat Bern
Horn, David, University of Dundee
Johnson, Patricia, UCLA
Kima, Peter, University of Florida
Loke, Png, NYU School of Medicine
Lourido, Sebastian, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
MacLeod, Annette, University of Glasgow
Paredez, Alexander, University of Washington-Seattle
Ralston, Katherine, UC Davis
Ranson, Hilary, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Raper, Jayne, City University of New York
Reimer, Lisa, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
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
Siracusa, Mark, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Striepen, Boris, University of Georgia
Svärd, Staffan, Uppsala University
Tarleton, Rick, University of Georgia
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
Wellcome Trust