Parasitic protozoa are a major cause of infectious disease and represent one of the most serious threats to public health around the world. Dr. Christian Tschudi’s groundbreaking research at the Yale School of Public Health has advanced our understanding of the biology behind some of these human pathogens and the mechanisms they use to survive within their hosts.
Dr. Tschudi, Yale’s John Rodman Paul Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), recently received a five-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) that will support his lab’s investigation of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei, which causes the devastating disease known as Sleeping Sickness in humans and Nagana in animals in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Tschudi’s research currently focuses on a single RNA-binding protein known as RBP6 and the role it plays in the development of infectious Trypanosomes. The findings have the potential to expose new strategies to combat the disease.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 16