Laura Knoll

Credentials: Medical Microbiology & Immunology Department

Position title: Pathogenesis and developmental regulation in the parasite toxoplasma


Phone: (608) 262-3161

3303 Microbial Sciences Building
1550 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706


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focus groups:

Molecular & Genome Biology of Microbes; Immunology

research description:

Our research uses molecular genetics to understand the host/pathogen interactions of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. We generate and characterize T. gondii mutants to learn what parasites genes are important for host colonization. We also use these mutants to study how the parasite affects the host. We have recently found that chronic infection with T. gondii protects animals against other pathogens, and that infection with one mutant will cause mice to become obese.

ALSO A TRAINER IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS: Microbiology (MDTP), Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP), Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS)

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