Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches

Course Information

Watch BOP WebinarCourse Date: June 12 – August 1, 2021

Deadline: TBD

2019 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

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Directors: Barbara Burleigh, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Flaminia Catteruccia, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Friedrich Frischknecht, Heidelberg University Medical School

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.

Financial Information: Tuition: $6,850.00; Room & Board: $3,850.00. The admissions process at the Marine Biological Laboratory is need-blind, meaning that we evaluate students on their merits alone, without weighing their financial situations. Financial assistance will be considered for those admitted students who are in need. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to complete a financial aid request form if they need assistance.

In 2019, 100% of those students in the Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches course who requested financial aid received some support. The amount of financial aid available from the MBL varies by course based on funding from grants and scholarships, but typically covers 70-100% of student need.

2019 Course Faculty & Lecturers

Alex Paradez, University of Washington
Alvaro Acosta-Serrano, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Andrew Macdonald, University of Machester
Barbara Burleigh, Harvard University
Boris Striepen, University of Pennsylvania
Chris Hunter, University of Pennsylvania
Chris Potter, Johns Hopkins University
Dan Beiting, University of Pennsylvania
Dyann Wirth, Harvard University
Eleanor Riley, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Elena Levashina, Max Planck Institute, Berlin
Elissa Hallem, University of California, Los Angeles
Flaminia Catteruccia, Harvard University
Gary Ward, University of Vermont
Jayne Raper, Hunter College
Jude Uzonna, University of Manitoba
Katy Ralston, University of California, Davis
Kirk Deitsch, Cornell Medical School
Manuel Llinas, Penn State University
Markus Meissner, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Meera Nair, University of California, Riverside
Melissa Lodoen, University of California, Irvine
Mervyn Turner, Emeritus, Merck Pharmaceuticals
Monica Mugnier, Johns Hopkins University
Nathan Peters, University of Calgary
Omar Harb, University of Pennsylvania
Patricia Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles
Paul Sigala, University of Utah
Phil Scott, University of Pennsylvania
Photini Sinnis, Johns Hopkins University
Pietro Alano, Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Scott Dawson, University of California, Davis
Sean Prigge, Johns Hopkins University
Sebastian Lourido, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Shaden Kamhawi, National Institutes of Health
Tracey Lamb, University of Utah
Vern Carruthers, University of Michigan
Veronica Jimenez, University of California, Fullerton

Course Support

This course is supported with funds provided by:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Howard Hughes Medical Institute