I will present the results of recent studies conducted in my laboratory to
illustrate how genomic approaches can provide novel insights on the biology of neglected human parasites and, hopefully, support the development of better control and elimination programs. I will focus on our work on Plasmodium vivax but also briefly describe preliminary studies in filarial worms and novel assays for characterizing vector ecology.
Speaker Biography - David Serre, Ph.D.
David Serre, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. David Serre is currently Associate Professor at the Case Western Reserve University. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2004 from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, studying human genetic diversity with Dr. Pääbo. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, he joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2007. He is interested in developing novel genomic approaches to study neglected human parasites and address biological and clinical questions that cannot be studied with classical methods. His laboratory primarily studies neglected tropical diseases through genomic analyses of human parasites and their vectors, especially Plasmodium vivax, an important but poorly studied parasite responsible for at least 15 million cases of malaria every year. His research is supported by multiple NIH grants.
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