Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches


Course Date: June 16 – August 5, 2017

Deadline: February 1, 2017 | Apply here

2016 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

Course Website

Directors: Photini Sinnis, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and Gary Ward, University of Vermont College of Medicine

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. In 2016, 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.

This course is supported with funds provided by:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Wellcome Trust

2016 Course Faculty and Lecturers:

Allam, Bassem, Stony Brook University
Bangs, Jay, University at Buffalo
Barrett, Michael, University of Glasgow
Carlson, Jenny, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Catteruccia, Flaminia, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health
Deitsch, Kirk, Weill Cornell Medical College
Dimopoulos, George, Johns Hopkins University
Duraisingh, Manoj, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Frischknecht, Friedrich, Heidelberg University
Grencis, Richard, University of Manchester
Gundra, Uma Mahesh, New York University School of Medicine
Hasan, Md Mahmudul, University of Vermont
Horn, David, University of Dundee
Huston, Christopher, University of Vermont
Hutchinson, Sebastian, University of Dundee
Johnson, Patricia, UCLA
Keating, Conrad, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
Lebrun, Maryse, UMR5235 CNRS Universite Montpellier
Loke, Png, NYU School of Medicine
Macaluso, Kevin, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Marcenac, Perrine, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
McConville, Malcolm, University of Melbourne
Mota, Maria, Instituto de Medicina Molecular
Muthinja, Julianne, University of Heidelberg
Nozaki, Tomoyoshi, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
Odom, Audrey, Washington University School of Medicine
Pearce, Edward, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Pepper, Marion, University of Washington
Petri, William, Jr, University of Virginia
Rajendran, Esther, The Australian National University
Raper, Jayne, Hunter College, City University of New York
Rasgon, Jason Laurence, The Pennsylvania State University
Roditi, Isabel, Universitaet Bern
Rogers, Ethan, University of Vermont
Scott, Phillip, University of Pennsylvania
Sharma, Himani, University of Vermont
Sher, Alan, NIAID
Sher, Franklin, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Singh, Upinder, Stanford University
Striepen, Boris, University of Georgia
Tang, Mei San, New York University School of Medicine
Tarleton, Rick, University of Georgia
Taylor, Terrie, Michigan State University
Van Dooren, Giel, Australian National University
Van Voorhis, Wesley, University of Washington
Van Zandbergen, Ger, Paul-Ehrlich-Institute
Waller, Ross, University of Cambridge
Wilson, Emma, University of California Riverside
Worth, Danielle, University of California Riverside