Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Silvia Moreno (, Dr. Dennis Kyle (, or by visiting the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases website.

UGA is home to one of the nation’s preeminent centers for research and training in tropical and emerging global diseases. Students in our laboratories and field sites use a broad array of modern approaches to study the most important diseases caused by parasites. They work side by side with leading scientist from around the world, have access to outstanding research facilities, and are part of a vibrant interdisciplinary research community. Students are supported through multiple mechanisms including a dedicated training grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Maria Belen Cassera
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Metabolomic approaches applied to drug target selection and validation in human pathogens; discovery and development of new chemotherapeutic interventions.

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Don Champagne
Associate Professor Entomology

Role of arthropod salivary factors in pathogen transmission and immune responses in their vertebrate hosts.

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Roberto Docampo
Professor Cellular Biology

Cellular and molecular biology of acidocalcisomes; the role of polyphosphate in trypanosomatids.

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Ronald D. Etheridge
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

Toxoplasma’s Strategies to Manipulate Host Immunity

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Donald Harn
Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigator Infectious Diseases

Mechanistic analysis of parasite induced immune suppression. Translational research on immuno-modulation pertaining to inflammation based diseases. Vaccine development and trials.

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Jessica Kissinger
Distinguished Research Professor Bioinformatics; Genetics

Parasite genomics and the biology of genome evolution.

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Dennis Kyle
Professor Cellular Biology & Infectious Diseases

The discovery and development of new drugs to prevent or treat malaria and leishmaniasis. Elucidating mechanism(s) of resistance and discovering new drug treatment regimens, combinations, or strategies to overcome resistance.

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Kojo Mensa-Wilmot
Professor Cellular Biology

Cell Signaling, Organelle Biogenesis, and Drug Discovery in Trypanosomes.

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Julie Moore
Professor Infectious Diseases

Human and animal model-based studies of host immune mechanisms in malaria during pregnancy and immunopathogenic mechanisms that lead to compromise of pregnancy.

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Silvia Moreno
Professor Cellular Biology

Metabolism and drug development against protozoan parasites. Calcium signaling and storage in Toxoplasma gondii.

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Vasant Muralidharan
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

Molecular and cellular biology of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.

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Courtney C. Murdock
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

We use ecological and evolutionary theory to study mosquito-parasite interactions, ecological drivers of transmission, and how environmental change affects transmission.

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David S. Peterson
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases

Characterization of adhesion proteins which mediate host-parasite interactions in Plasmodium falciparum.

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Robert Sabatini
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and biochemical parasitology: DNA modification, homologous recombination and the regulation of antigenic variation in Trypanosoma brucei.

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Mike Strand
Distinguished Research Professor Entomology

Molecular and evolutionary biology of insect parasites; virology, immunology, symbiont evolution, reproduction.

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Rick Tarleton
Professor Cellular Biology

Mechanisms of immunity and disease in Trypanosoma cruzi infection (Chagas Disease); Basic and applied biology of T. cruzi.

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Christopher M. West
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Oxygen- and glycosylation-dependent regulation of polyubiquitin ligases in Dictyostelium and Toxoplasma gondii; Glycobiology of protozoa

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Adrian Wolstenholme
Professor Infectious Diseases

Molecular helminthology: in particular the interactions of anthelmintic drugs with ion channels in the nervous systems of parasitic helminths, and the molecular basis of drug resistance.

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