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GRAthletes in CAMB: Coral Kasden competes at 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru

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February 19, 2019

Malaria remains one of the world’s most devastating diseases. Campaigns to eradicate transmission have yielded encouraging results in recent years. However, expansion of vector habitats has resulted in substantial increases in disease burden in the Americas, South-East Asia, and Africa, with over 2 million new cases and 445,000 deaths reported in 2016.

While Plasmodium falciparum is responsible for most malaria cases in Africa, Plasmodium vivax is the leading cause of malaria elsewhere in the world, particularly in Southeast Asia and South America. P. vivax is thought to have originated as a human pathogen by zoonoses of ape parasites; the long-standing do...

November 28, 2017

In a run-down shack town, a fly drinks from a standing pool of water and unknowingly ingests unicellular protozoans of the genus Leishmania. As the sand fly takes its blood meal from an unsuspecting human, the parasites deploy into the fly’s saliva and enter the human’s bloodstream. There, they infect host macrophages and multiply until the cells fill and burst, which further spreads the parasite to more macrophages. In a short amount of time, the Leishmania parasite can induce painful, open lesions of the skin in what is known as cutaneous leishmaniasis. This disease is most prevalent in the poorest areas of the world and is due to a lack of quality hous...

August 23, 2016

Animal models of disease are crucial to understanding disease progression in humans. In a recent article published in the American Journal of Primatology, Hannah Barbian (pictured below), a fifth-year MVP student in Beatrice Hahn’s lab, exemplified this concept. The Hahn lab researches the disease progression and evolution of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A long-standing collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute and Gombe National Park in Tanzania has supplied the lab with a breadth of chimpanzee samples. The Hahn lab previously used chimpanzee samples to demonstrate that HIV-1, the etiologic agent of the...

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