November 11, 2010

The Department Of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series Featuring Fernando Villalta, Ph.D., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 3 p.m.

The Department Of Microbiology and Immunology
Seminar Series

Fernando Villalta, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Meharry Medical College

"Gene and Drug Discovery in Chagas Disease"

Chagas disease is a deadly protozoan infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi that affects millions of people in endemic areas of Latin America and remains a neglected disease with no effective drugs to cure the chronic infection.

Its spread from Latin America to non-endemic countries (United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland, among others) is a new worldwide health challenge.

As part of our efforts to address this serious gap in public health, Villalta will share new findings on the host-pathogen interactions, such as the discovery of critical host molecules involved in the process of early infection by Trypanosoma cruzi.

Moreover, he will present protozoal molecules required for establishment of infection, which are novel targets for effective drug development directed toward Chagas disease.

Tuesday, Nov. 23
3 p.m.
Room 1220 MRB III

Host: Jacek Hawiger, M.D., Ph.D.