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Carolyn Paisie, PhD

Graduated: August 18, 2017

Thesis/Dissertation Title:

RNAseq and Ribosome Profiling Generate New Insights into Leishmania Differentiation

Leishmania donovani, an intracellular parasitic trypanosomatid, causes kala-azar, a fatal form of visceral leishmaniasis in humans. Infection occurs through a cyclical cycle whereby parasites living in the midguts of female sandflies (promastigote stage) are transferred to the host via a bite from an infected female sandfly, are phagocytosed by human macrophages, and are then transferred to phagolysosomes of human macrophages (amastigote stage). Previous studies have demonstrated that L. donovani differentiation is regulated by changes in gene expression. Thus we have performed high throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to elucidate changes in transcript abundance for all cellular mRNAs during L. donovani differentiation from promastigotes into amastigotes. Analyses revealed gene expression changes which may affect posttranscriptional and translational processes during differentiation.

Last Known Position:

Bioinformatics Analyst in Computational Science, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine


Drs. Peter Myler (Chair), David Crosslin