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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 parasite genomes. Projects include the development of tools for data integration, data mining, comparative genomics and the systems biology of host-pathogen interactions. Research focuses on Toxoplasma gondii, Cryptosporidium species and Plasmodium species. Researchers in our group work at the bench, at the computer, or both.

Ousman Mahmud has first paper from his thesis published. It is about apicomplexan sugar transporters. doi: 10.1155/2017/1707231 Yippie!
The group says goodbye to Suman Pakala. He has supported the MaHPIC data validation effort for the last 4 years. We wish him all the best with his new position at UGA.
The Research group says goodbye to Betsy Wenthe. Her administrative talents supported the group through many a storm in her nearly 8 years with the group. She will be missed greatly. Her family on the other hand got Mommy back and for that we are all happy!
The Research group welcomes Rachel Hatfield as our new Administrative Specialist. Welcome aboard!
Ousman Mahmud has first chapter form thesis accepted for publication. Yippie!!
Nicolas Lackman joins the MaHPIC Team. Welcome aboard!
Ousman Mahmud accepts Post-doctoral position at St. Jude. We will miss you.
Bob Belnap joins the EuPathDB Systems Team. Welcome aboard!
EuPathDB published update paper to highlight new data, tools and features. Yippie! (Nucleic Acids Res (2017) 45 (D1): D581-D591)
Shelton Griffith graduates with his Masters in Bioinformatics, Yippie!!
The MaHPIC team publishes P. cynomolgi clinical data manuscript. (Malaria Journal 2016 15:451)
The MaHPIC team releases a new P. coatneyi genome sequence assembled via PacBio. (Genome Announc. 2016 Vol.4 No. 5)
Ousman Mahmud successfully defends his thesis and graduates with a PhD in Genetics! Yippie!! He will stay on for a few months as a Post-doctoral researcher.
The group said goodbye to Eve Basenko. She transferred to the Liverpool arm of the EuPathDB/Wellcome Trust project. Good news is, she is still with the project. Yeah!
Genome sequences from the Cryptosporidium community white paper are published. (Pathog Dis. 2016 Oct;74 (7))
The lab said goodbye to Irfan Ozen, he went back to Turkey after a productive summer internship working on the MaHPIC project
Visiting graduate student Raymond Nyasa publishes first chapter from his successfully defended thesis. Great job! (Malaria Journal 2016 15:281)
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Contact:    Last modified: Wednesday, 17-May-2017 10:42:15 EDT
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