May 23, 2015

Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches


Course Date: June 19 – August 8, 2015

Deadline: February 5, 2015 | Online Application Form

2015 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

Course Website

Directors: Kirk Deitsch, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Gary Ward, University of Vermont

A unique course for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and independent investigators, who are seeking thorough training in modern approaches to the study of protozoan and helminthic parasites. Limited to 16 students.

The focus of this course is on the molecular basis of parasite function and the host/parasite interaction with special emphasis on the most recent and exciting developments in these areas. The course consists of daily lectures juxtaposed with intensive experimental work. About 40 invited speakers will give a lecture in their area of expertise and meet informally with students. These lectures will cover virtually all of the systems and areas of active research in modern parasitology. The laboratory portion of the course strikes a balance between ensuring that students acquire the technical expertise necessary to pursue these areas of research in their own careers while maintaining the element of the search for the unknown. Furthermore, the students will have the opportunity to work side-by-side at the benchtop with faculty recognized as leaders in their respective fields. The following areas are among those to be covered in the experimental portion of the course: (1)parasite motility and evolution of organelles in early branching eukaryotes; (2) vector biology: Anopheles mosquitos their infection by Plasmodium parasites; (3) immunology and pathogenesis of protozoan and helminthic infections and (4) African trypanosome and Toxoplasma host parasite interactions and cell biology.

This course is supported with funds provided by:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Wellcome Trust

2014 Course Faculty and Lecturers

Photini Sinnis, Johns Hopkins University
Jan Tachezy, Charles University
Christian Engwerde, Queensland University of Medical Research
Colby Zaph, University of Vancouver
Oliver Billker, Sanger Institute
Flaminia Catteruccia, Harvard University
Giel van Dooren, Australian National University
Kent Hill, University of California at Los Angeles
Mark Jenkins, University of Minnesota
Marion Pepper, University of Washington
Phillip Scott, University of Pennsylvania
Meera Nair, University of California at Riverside
Andrew MacDonald, University of Edinburgh
David Sacks, National Institutes of Health
Rick Tarleton, University of Georgia
Alan Sher, National Institutes of Health
William Martin, Heinrich-Heine University, Germany
Jayne Raper, Hunter College of New York
Bill Sullivan, University of Indiana
Volker Heussler, Institute of Cell Biology, Bern, Switzerland
Iris Bruchhaus, University of Hamburg
Terry Taylor, Michigan State University
Zach Cande, University of California at Berkeley
Patricia Johnson, University of California at Los Angeles
George Dimopoulos, Johns Hopkins University
Paul Bates, Lancaster University
Dan Neafsey, The Broad Institute
Margaret Phillips, University of Texas, Southwestern
David Horn, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine
Boris Striepen, University of Georgia
Isabel Roditi, University of Bern, Switzerland
Keith Matthews, University of Edinburgh
Peter Bradley, University of California at Los Angeles
Gerald Spaeth, Pasteur Institute
Kiaran Kirk, Australian National University