Malaria's Many Mates: The Evolutionary History of Haemosporidian Blood Parasites

Start Date: May 03 2017 - 12:00 PM

End Date: May 03 2017 - 02:00 PM

Audience: Student, Faculty and Staff

Category: Club Event

Location: M-136

Description:

The STEM Research Club presents Susan Perkins, Ph.D. from the American Museum of Natural History. Malaria is still a major cause of disease and death in humans, but the five taxa that infect our species represent only a tiny fraction of the overall diversity of the group of parasites to which they belong, the haemosporidians. These parasites infect a wide range of vertebrates including bats, birds, lizards and turtles and show varied life histories and vectors. Using DNA sequence data as the basis to better understand their evolutionary history, we are unraveling surprising relationships that may someday help us to better understand these organisms - and possibly even find better ways to fight the ones that cause disease. 

 


Contact Name: Peter Novick

Contact Phone: 718.631.6091

Contact Email: pnovick@qcc.cuny.edu

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