November 28, 2015

Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches


Course Date: June 17 – August 6, 2016

Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Apply here

2015 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

Course Website

Directors: Photini Sinnis, Johns Hopkins University, 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

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