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Laura J. Knoll, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dr. Knoll’s research centers on studying the host/pathogen interactions of the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii. T. gondii is well known for causing encephalitis in immunocompromised patients and is a member of the coccidian family of parasites that include Plasmodium (causative agent of malaria) and Cryptosporidium (causative agent of diarrhea). Her laboratory uses the latest technologies, including next generation sequencing and mass spectrometry, to uncover the parasite and host genes that are necessary for the establishment and maintenance of chronic infection in animals. She then uses biochemistry, molecular and cell biology to define the how and why these pathogen and host genes are important.
Light Lunch will be provided!