Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches


Course Date: June 17 – August 6, 2016

Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Apply here

2016 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

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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

2015 Course Faculty and Lecturers

Acosta-Serrano, Alvaro, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Bangs, Jay, University at Buffalo
Billker, Oliver, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Bosch, Jurgen, Johns Hopkins University
Burleigh, Barbara, Harvard School of Public Health
Catteruccia, Flaminia, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dimopoulos, George, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dinglasan, Rhoel, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Duraisingh, Manoj, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Engwerda, Christian, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Frischknecht, Friedrich, Heidelberg University
Gubbels, Marc-Jan, Boston College
Herbert, Debroski, University of California San Francisco
Horn, David, University of Dundee
Johnson, Patricia, University of California Los Angeles
Kent, Michael, Oregon State University
Lebrun, Maryse, French National Centre for Scientific Research
Lourido, Sebastian, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Macaluso, Kevin, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Marti, Matthias, Harvard School of Public Health
Meissner, Markus, University of Glasgow
Nair, Meera, University of California Riverside
Odom, Audrey, Washington University School of Medicine
Paredez, Alexander, University of Washington
Pearce, Edward, Washington University School of Medicine
Pew, Marion, The University of Washington
Roditi, Isabel, University of Bern
Sacks, David, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Scott, Phillip, University of Pennsylvania
Sher, Alan, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Singh, Upinder, Stanford University
Sinnis, Photini, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Spaeth, Gerald, Institut Pasteur
Striepen, Boris, University of Georgia
Tarleton, Rick, University of Georgia
Van Dooren, Giel, Australian National University
Waller, Ross, University of Cambridge
Wilson, Emma, UC Riverside
Zaph, Colby, Monash University