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Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC)

How do eukaryotic genomes evolve? Our lab is interested in parasite genomics and the biology of genome evolution. The genomes of parasitic eukaryotes are often highly reduced, devoid of recognizable mobile elements and riddled with intracellular and lateral gene transfers. Our approach is to apply molecular, computational and phylogenetic tools to the analysis of dozens of complete parasite genomes. Projects include the development of tools for data mining, comparative genomics and assessment of the phylogenetic distribution of genes. We welcome students interested in working on the bench, at the computer, or both.

IOB Graduate Student Shelton Griffith receives an NIH F31 Award. Congratulations!
Genetics undergraduate student Jacob Fuller graduates. Congratulations!
IOB Graduate Student Shubham Basu joins our Research Group. Welcome!
Genetics undergraduate student Jacob Fuller joins the Research Group. He will work with Genetics graduate student, Sivaranjani Namasivayam. Welcome!
NIH renewed the Eukaryotic Pathogen Database Bioinformatics Resource Center, for up to an additional 5 years. The press release can be found here.
Research Group receives an NIH R03 to resolve compressions in the Toxoplasma gondii ME49 reference genome sequence
The first paper analyzing data from the Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC) has been published, Kevin Lee, Weiwei Yin, Dalia Arafat, Yan Tang, Karan Uppal, Monica Cabrera-Mora, Alberto Moreno, Esmeralda Meyer, Jeremy DeBarry, Suman Pakala, Vishal Nayak, Jessica C. Kissinger, Dean Jones, Mary Galinski, Mark Styczynski, and Greg Gibson. Integration of Transcriptomics and Metabolomics in a Rhesus Macaque Drug Administration Study Front. Cell Dev. Biol., 08 October 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fcell.2014.00054
We welcome Mr. Jay Humphries to the MaHPIC project Informatics Core. Mr. Humphries has significant bioinformatics experience from time spent at Georgia Tech and Ensembl Genomes project. Welcome!
We welcome Institute of Bioinformatics Graduate student Shelton Griffin to our research group. Welcome!
Administrate Assistant Ms. Betsy Wenthe had her second child. Welcome to the world baby Thomas!
We said goodbye to Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Jeremy DeBarry. His fantastic new position is Scientific Analyst for iPlant He will be missed! We wish him all the best with this next stage of his career.
Visiting students, Juliana Assis Geraldo and Francislon Silva de Oliveira have finished their internship and are returning to Brazil after four months of hard and productive work. They will be missed.
Jenna Oberstaller’s ApiAP2 evolution paper was published in NAR.
Dr. Jeremy DeBarry’s work on the fate of genome duplications in the Apicomplexan genome was published in PLoS One.
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The Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases & Department of Genetics
University of Georgia, 500 D.W. Brooks Drive, 145 Paul D. Coverdell Center. Athens, GA 30602-7399