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Tropical Medicine Seminar Series

Revising Chagas disease in the United States: Do we really know enough?

featuring Claudia Herrera, PhD

Date: Monday, November 11, 2013
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Building: JBJ Health & Environmental Research Building in Room 504
Location: downtown campus

Chagas disease, a complex zoonosis concentrated in rural Latin America, is emerging as a global disease due to the presence of T. cruzi-infected immigrants in many non-endemic countries as well as in the US. Dr. Herrera will discuss research results which highlight the role played by small mammalian species and the local insect vector in the enzootic cycle of the parasite and help explain the potential risk for humans to acquire the disease. She will also present work on the genetic diversity of local strains of T. cruzi.

Dr. Claudia Herrera is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Dawn Wesson's lab. Her field of work is mainly in molecular epidemiology of Chagas disease and phylogenetic studies of the parasite. During her prior postdoctoral research at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), she focused on understanding the genetics and evolutionary pathways of the intergenic region of the mini-exon gene in Trypanosoma cruzi TcI.

Sponsored by: Tropical Medicine DepartmentSchool of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

For more information contact Joni Emmons via email to jemmons1@tulane.edu






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