Aspire to Inspire


An immunofluorescence image of human cells (large nuclei-blue) infected with our FAVORITE parasite, Toxoplasma gondii (red and green)




Our Mission

We set out to understand the very first interactions at the host-pathogen interface that ultimately lead to the establishment of a successful infection. We do this using cutting-edge molecular biology techniques and always with the goal of inspiring the next generation of scientists and world citizens by providing a broadly applicable foundation in critical thinking.

Specifically, we study Toxoplasma gondii, a ubiquitous parasite of medical and veterinary importance. We seek to:

  1. Identify novel molecular mediators of Toxoplasma pathogenesis that contribute to its initial interactions with intestinal epithelial cells; and
  2. Uncover metabolic processes that enable the efficient differentiation during infection.

It is our hope that our work will lead to a better understanding of the biology of Toxoplasma and ultimately reveal novel approaches to the fight against Toxoplasmosis and diseases caused by related organisms.

We work in a supportive and collaborative environment where students learn and safely practice modern molecular techniques and apply theoretical concepts in molecular cell biology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry to practical queries in the laboratory. Importantly, we strive to make the process as enjoyable and rewarding as possible!

Our Core Values

Scientific rigor . Teamwork . Professionalism . Creativity . Fairness