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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 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.
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!
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The Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases & Department of Genetics
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