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I am a molecular parasitologist focusing on schistosomes (blood flukes) and in particular on the nature of the schistosome tegument (skin). Since the mature parasites live in the human blood stream, their tegument interacts intimately with host tissue. In the laboratory we are interested in understanding these interactions in order to help explain how the molecules that comprise the tegument control the worm's local environment and contribute to their global success.
Biochemistry Infectious Diseases Molecular Biology Parasitology