Parasitology / International Health

International health research has long been a focus and strength of the division. Faculty not only work on pathogens of global concern, they do so in collaboration with overseas investigators and at partner study sites in Brazil, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Uganda and elsewhere. Many of these sites represent long-standing partnerships cultivated over years of grant-supported study.

Areas of investigation include diarrheal pathogens, malaria, diagnostics for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the impact of childhood malnutrition, and the genetics of disease susceptibility.

The following interdisciplinary faculty conduct research and instruct fellows in this area:

Mayuresh Abhyankar

Abhyankar, Mayuresh M

Amebiasis vaccine development; biomarkers of Clostridium difficile disease severity

Rebecca Dillingham

Dillingham, Rebecca Anne

Mobile technologies to improve adherence to HIV medications in rural populations.

Carol Gilchrist

Gilchrist, Carol

Identification of Parasite Virulence Factors

Richard Guerrant

Guerrant, Richard L.

Recognition, diagnosis, pathogenesis, impact, treatment and prevention of enteric infections; global health and tropical infectious diseases

Jennifer Guler

Guler, Jennifer

Mechanisms of Genetic and Metabolic Adaptation in the Malaria Parasite, Plasmodium falciparum

Scott Heysell

Heysell, Scott Kirkland

Multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB); pharmacokinetics; clinical application of diagnostics for TB; clinical trials to optimize TB treatment; chronic illness/ TB integration

Eric Houpt

Houpt, Eric Robert

Molecular diagnostics, Tuberculosis, Global Health

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Kosek, Margaret N.

Infectious Diseases

Chelsea Marie

Marie, Chelsea

Human intestinal parasitology

Joann McDermid

McDermid, Joann M.

Nutrition and major global infectious diseases; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis and other respiratory infections; Cryptosporidium and enteric infections

Shannon Moonah

Moonah, Shannon N.

Host-pathogen interactions; molecular parasitology; mucosal inflammation; immunopathology and repair. Our research interests evolved from studying a parasite that causes inflammation of the gut, similar to IBD.

Christopher Moore

Moore, Christopher C.

Sepsis pathophysiology with particular interest in the role of the innate immune system; sepsis pathophysiology, management, and outcomes of HIV infected patients in sub-Saharan Africa.

James Platts-Mills

Platts-Mills, James A

Enteric diseases, molecular diagnostics and infectious disease epidemiology.

William Petri

Petri, William A.

Immune mechanisms of defense against COVID-19 and enteric (diarrheal) infections

Mami Taniuchi

Taniuchi, Mami

Molecular diagnostics; Polio eradication; tracking immunity and virus shedding after oral polio vaccination in resource-challenged countries.

Tania Thomas

Thomas, Tania A

Pediatric tuberculosis: epidemiology and biomarkers for diagnosis/prognosis