|Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology|
|3303 Microbial Sciences Building|
1550 Linden Drive
|Office: (608) 262-3161|
B.A. - 1989; Saint Olaf College; Northfield, MN
Ph.D. - 1994; Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, MO
Postdoctoral Research- Stanford University; Stanford, CA
Our research centers on studying the host/pathogen interactions of the intracelluar parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma causes abnormal fetal neurological development and encephalitis in immunocompromised patients. Toxoplasma is a member of the coccidian family of parasites that include Plasmodium (causative agent of malaria) and Cryptosporidium (causative agent of water-borne outbreaks of diarrhea). We are using a library signature-tagged mutants and a chronic infection mouse model to isolate genes important for virulence and developmental regulation.