Office: MICR 008B
Office Phone: 562-985-4825
I am interested in the ecophysiology of parasitic relationships. My primary interest is in understanding the physiological interactions of Apicomplexan parasites with their multitudes of different animal hosts and environments. Apicomplexans are single-cell parasites that have emerged from the marine environment to become some of humanities’ most dangerous pathogens (e.g., the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum). My lab studies the molecular physiology of biomedically relevant human parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii, as well as a wide range of marine apicomplexan parasites. This combinatorial approach allows for a deeper understanding of the physiological mechanisms that drive successful parasitic relationships as well as their ecological significance in different ecosystems.
Courses Taught: I am currently teaching Biol 207 (Human Physiology) and in the future will be teaching other courses related to Ecological Physiology.