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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.

The research group welcomes the return of Jeremy DeBarry, Ph.D. to the group. He has been working as a Data Analyst for the CyVerse (formerly iPLANT) team. He will be the Data Coordinator for the new DARPA-funded THoR’s HAMMER project. Welcome back!
The research group welcomes Evelina Basenko, Ph.D. to the EuPathDB project. She will be joining our Outreach Team. She brings years of fungal experience to the team. Welcome!
The research group welcomes Drew Spruill to the EuPathDB project. He will be joining our Systems Administration Team. Welcome!
Grant to enhance the annotation of human-infecting Cryptosporidium species is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The research group says good bye to Matt Guidry. He is off to the University System Board of Regents Computing Center. He will be missed.
A collaborative project between Emory (lead institution), Georgia-Tech and UGA is funded by DARPA to study host resilience.
A collaborative project between the University of Liverpool (lead) and several other UK and US institutions is funded to enhance eukaryotic microbial pathogen annotation and access is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
The research group welcomes the return of Rodgrio Baptista, Ph.D. to the group. He has finished his Ph.D. and a year of Post doctoral research with professor Daniella Bartholomeu in Brazil. He will be working on Cryptosporidium comparative genomics. Welcome back!
The research group says good bye to Ben Hsieh. Thanks for help out while you were able.
The research group welcomes ILS graduate student Yiran Li for her first rotation. She will be working on parasite comparative genomics. Welcome!
The research group welcomes post-baccalaureate PREP scholar Brent Allman to the group. He will be co-advised in infectious disease modeling by Juan Gutierrez and Jessie Kissinger. Welcome!
The research group welcomes researcher Ben Hsieh to the group for a short research project working on the genomics of Cryptosporidium. Welcome!
Jessie Kissinger joins the editorial board of Microbial Genomics (MGen), a new open access, open data, double-blind review journal. Check it out at:
Ranjani Namasivayam successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis. Way to go Ranjani! She will be leaving us at the end of the month for a post-doctoral position with Alan Sher at NIH. We wish her all the best.
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The Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases & Department of Genetics
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