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Distingushed Professor

Curator, Division of Parasitology, Museum of Southwestern Biology

Director, NIH COBRE Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology

Department of Biology
MSC 03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 USA

Office Telephone: (505) 277-2124
Fax: (505) 277-0304

Research Interests: Comparative Immunology, with an emphasis on invertebrate models; schistosome evolutionary biology; trematode–snail interactions; biology of Biomphalaria and other freshwater snails, including genomics; host–parasite relationships

Curriculum vitae (with links to recent publications)

Summary of Current Projects in the Laboratory

Biomphalaria glabrata, one of the favorite subjects of study in our lab, is a tropical freshwater snail indigenous to ponds, marshes and streams of South America and some of the Caribbean islands. It is an important intermediate host of the parasite Schistosoma mansoni, which infects ~83 million people. Currently, this snail is the subject of a genome sequencing effort, one of the first undertaken for a mollusc. Our group is actively involved in this project.