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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.

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.
Sivaranjani Namasivayam was accepted into the Biology of Parasitism course at Woods Hole! She will be gone for 7 weeks learning all the latest in the field.
Undergraduate student Alex Winkles joins the research group to work on Sarcocystis annotation. Welcome!
MaHPIC publishes its first paper Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Brazilian Master’s students Juliana Assis Geraldo and Francislon Silva de Oliveira join the research group for a 4 month research training experience. Juliana will assemble the genome of the Brazilian milk cow and Francislon will build the new version of Welcome!
The Oberstaller et al., C. parvum gene expression analysis has been published: Here is the link:
We would like to welcome Suman Pakala to the Research group. He is joining us from JCVI. He will be working on the Malaria Host-Pathogen interaction Center project. Welcome!
We would like to welcome UGA Computer Science graduate student Mustafa Nural to the Malaria Host-Pathogen interaction Center project. Welcome!
We would like to welcome UGA Computer Science student Michael Cotterell to the Research group. He will be preparing our Web service additions to the Galaxy tool shed this summer. Welcome!
Betsy Wenthe wins the Office of International Education "Open Arms Award" for her help, and guidance of International student visitors and the challenges they face. Congratulations !!!!
Graduate student Ranjani Namasivayam has won the Genetics Department Mote award. This will provide her with $1,000 for her research. Congratulations Ranjani!
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The Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases & Department of Genetics
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