Position title: 2016-2017, 2017-2018
Advisor: Laura Knoll
Traineeship Years: 2017-2018
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite which infects roughly one third of the global human population. T. gondii infection alters multiple aspects of its host at a cellular and organismal level, including changes to metabolism. By studying the mechanisms T. gondii uses to remodel its host for infection we not only learn more about this highly prevalent pathogen, but also gain insight into human regulatory networks. My research focuses on understanding the metabolic interactions which govern the host parasite relationship, using metabolomics, transcriptomics, and other tools to study different stages of T. gondii infection.