Cordy Lab @ ASTMH

The Cordy Lab participated in the 2020 American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) Meeting, held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

Mariko Peterson presented a poster entitled “Brain swelling in pediatric cerebral malaria is not associated with endotoxemia, however the gut may play an important role as a parasite reservoir” on Monday’s Poster session.

Regina presented a talk entitled “A metabolomics approach identifies specific biomarkers of disease severity in human cases of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in Malaysia” during Wednesday’s ACMCIP Omics session.

RJC takes part in panel discussions focused on Black scientists in parasitology research

Lab PI Regina Joice Cordy participated in two panels in September focused on highlighting the experiences of Black scientists working in the field of parasitology research. She organized and moderated a session during the 2020 Molecular Parasitology Meeting entitled “Black Lives Matter in Parasitology”, and she was invited to participate a panel discussion as part of “Black in Microbiology Week”, an event which was featured in the New York Times.

Congratulations Cordy Lab Undergraduates!

It is strange not going into our physical building anymore, and many projects got halted, but it has been nice that we’ve been able to keep research going in various ways remotely.

Congrats to our undergraduates, who have made it through a strange and tough semester. We appreciate all your contributions to the Cordy Lab.

And a special congrats to our graduating seniors – it has been great having you ! Best wishes with all your future endeavors !

CLINICALLY SILENT RELAPSING MALARIA MAY STILL POSE A THREAT

Rhesus macaques with clinically undetectable Plasmodium relapse infections still harbor parasitic gametocytes that may be infectious to mosquitoes, according to a study published September 19 in PLOS Pathogens by F. Eun-Hyung Lee and Mary R. Galinski of Emory University, Tracey J. Lamb of the University of Utah, and colleagues. The study has important epidemiological implications relevant to malaria elimination strategies.

Plasmodium cynomolgi gametocytes are shown filling two red blood cells.
These cells are taken up by mosquitoes to propagate the disease. Courtesy of Chet Joyner.