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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.

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!
Undergraduate student Katharine Korunes has been accepted for a summer REU at the University of Wyoming to study molecular evolution with David Liberles. Enjoy!
Bioinformatics Programmer/Analyst Vishal Nayak has joined the lab as part of the MaHPIC project. Welcome VIshal!
Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center Web Site is released ( It marks the beginning of the Systems Biology Project.
Katharine Korunes, Undergraduate Genetics Major, Honor's student and researcher in the lab to present at 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
Katharine's abstract submission, "Annotation of the Sarcocystis neurona Genome – Challenges and Lessons Learned," was approved for presentation at NCUR 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Chosen from more than 3,500 submissions, her abstract was deemed to demonstrate a unique contribution to the field of study and is being afforded the opportunity to present her work to her peers, faculty, and staff from around the world. (1/17/2013)
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The Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases & Department of Genetics
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