Medical Microbiology & Immunology Department
Pathogenesis and developmental regulation in the parasite toxoplasma
3303 Microbial Sciences Building
1550 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Molecular & Genome Biology of Microbes; Immunology
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.