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Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine 2019-2020 Seminar Series
Keynote Speaker Information
Ricardo T. Gazzinelli DVM, PhD
Professor of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Gazzinelli is interested in understanding the immunological mechanisms that warrant host resistance to infection and at the same time prevent immune mediated tissue damage and pathology in parasitic diseases. The main areas of scientific research carried in his lab are on: (i) the role innate immunity on host resistance and pathogenesis to infection with protozoan parasites; (ii) the mechanisms of cytotoxic T cells in resistance to infection; and (iii) the development of recombinant vaccines that induce cell-me- diated immunity and protect against protozoan infections. When possible, he tries to address questions regarding host-parasite interactions, employing cellular systems, experimental rodent models and well-characterized patients undergoing specific protozoan infection.