Molecular Helminthology: An Integrated Approach

Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Jeff Bethony

George Washington University, USA

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Elodie Ghedin

New York University, USA

Elodie Ghedin, PhD is Director of the Center for Genomics & Systems Biology at New York University, as well as Professor of Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Epidemiology at the College of Global Public Health. Her laboratory uses comparative genomics, evolutionary biology, and systems biology techniques to generate critical insight on host-pathogen interactions.

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Timothy Geary

McGill University, Canada

Timothy Geary obtained his PhD in 1980 from the University of Michigan (Pharmacology). From 1980-1985, he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor in malaria research at Michigan State University.

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James Barron Lok

University of Pennsylvania, USA

James “Sparky” Lok received a Ph.D. in Medical Entomology from Cornell University and conducted postdoctoral studies in Parasitology at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

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Rick Maizels

University of Glasgow, UK

Professor Rick Maizels is at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology in the University of Glasgow's Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation.

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Makedonka Mitreva

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Makedonka Mitreva, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Mitreva has a keen interest in genomics advances and serves as an Assistant Director of the McDonnell Genome Institute and a Co-Director of the Center for Clinical Genomics of Microbial Systems.

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Speakers

Sasisekhar Bennuru

National Institutes of Health, USA

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Paul Brindley

George Washington University, USA

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Conor Caffrey

University of California San Diego, USA

Conor Caffrey is an Associate Professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego. He is also a Core Director of the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases (CDIPD), UC San Diego.

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Cinzia Cantacessi

University of Cambridge, UK

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Jim Collins

University of Texas Southwestern, USA

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James Cotton

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

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Hector H. Garcia

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru

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Geoffrey Gobert

Queen's University Belfast, UK

Geoffrey Gobert hold a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane Australia, in schistosome cell biology. My current position is as Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

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Christoph Grevelding

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany

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Elissa A. Hallem

UCLA, USA

Dr. Elissa Hallem is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at UCLA. Her lab studies the host-seeking behaviors of parasitic nematodes.

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William Harnett

University of Strathclyde, UK

William Harnett is Professor of Molecular Immunology at Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

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Natalie Hawryluk

Celgene, USA

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Karl Hoffmann

Aberystwyth University, UK

Karl F. Hoffmann is the director of the Barrett Centre for Helminth Control and is the head of the Parasitology and Epidemiology Research group at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University.

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Ron Hokke

University of Leiden, Netherlands

Cornelis (Ron) Hokke is Professor of Glycobiology of Host-Pathogen Interactions at the Department of Parasitology of the Leiden University Medical Center.

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Winka Le Clec'h

Texas Biomedical Research Institute, USA

Winka Le Clec'h an evolutionary and molecular biologist with a particular interest in host-symbiont interactions, from the phenotypic level to the genomic aspects. I have completed my Ph.D degree in France (Université de Poitiers, December 2012) focusing my research on the immediate and evolutionary consequences of symbiont horizontal transfers on host life history traits, using the Wolbachia-woodlouse model.

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Alex Loukas

James Cook University, Australia

Alex Loukas is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at James Cook University (JCU) in Cairns, Australia. He obtained his BSc and PhD from University of Queensland.

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Rojelio Mejia

Baylor College of Medicine, USA

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Tom Nutman

National Institutes of Health, USA

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Mark Pearson

James Cook University, Australia

Dr Mark Pearson was awarded his PhD in 2005 from the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Pearson’s postdoctoral research has involved the development of vaccines against two of the world’s most debilitating human helminthiases, schistosomiasis and hookworm disease, both of which have progressed into Phase I clinical trials.

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Raymond Pierce

Institut Pasteur de Lille, France

Ray Pierce is Emeritus Director of Research at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) working at the Centre for Infection and Immunity of Lille on the Pasteur Institute of Lille campus.

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Lisa Reynolds

University of Victoria, Canada

Dr. Reynolds completed her PhD in the laboratory of Professor Rick Maizels at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where she studied how intestinal helminths modulated the bacterial microbiota composition, and reciprocally, the mechanisms by which the bacterial microbiota composition affected immunity to intestinal helminths.

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Gabriel Rinaldi

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Understanding how parasites, in particular parasitic flatworms, infect, evade the immune response and establish an effective infection that allows them to survive for decades inside the hosts is the main focus of my research.

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Judy Sakanari

UCSF, USA

Judy Sakanari received her PhD in Parasitology from the University of California, Berkeley and postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Murray Selkirk

Imperial College London, UK

Murray Selkirk earned his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, where he studied immunosuppression in murine trypanosomiasis with Bridget Ogilvie.

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Sabine Specht

DNDi, Switzerland

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Denis Voronin

New York Blood Center, USA

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Neil Young

University of Melbourne, Australia

Doctor Neil D. Young (PhD) is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow, undertaking genomic research on parasitic helminths within the Pathogen Genomics and Genetics Program (PGGP) in The University of Melbourne.

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