PI

David Sibley

Education:
BA, Oberlin College
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Sch. Med
Projects:
Faculty Profile
Email: Sibley@wustl.edu

Staff

Mea Akey

Education:
B.A. in Biology: Microbiology, Washington University in St. Louis
Project:
Exploring the effects of neonatal mouse gut metabolites on Cryptosporidium infection
Email: Marianna.akey@wustl.edu

Jennifer Barks

Education:
M.S. in molecular and Cellular Biology, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville;
B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis
Project:
General lab manager; cell based assay development and drug inhibition growth assays
Email: jlbarks@wustl.edu

Mary Savari Dhason

Education:
M.Sc. Chemistry, St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, India
Project:
Screening of inhibitors for Toxoplasma gondii
Email: savaridhason@wustl.edu

Soumya Ravindran

Education:
M.S. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.
Project:
Development of monoclonal antibodies to Cryptosporidium parvum.
Email: ravis@wustl.edu

Ph.D. Students

Abby Kimball

Education:
B.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
Project:
The genetic and molecular characterization of the Cryptosporidium life cycle
Email: abigail.kimball@wustl.edu

Rui Xu

Education:
M.S. in Veterinary Parasitology, Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2016
Project:
Exploring the role of proteases in Cryptosporidium parvum
Email: ruix@wustl.edu

 Postdoctoral Fellows

Jaya Bhushan

Education:
PhD, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India
Project:
Decipher the cross-talks between IFN-γ and autophagy pathway in regulation of T. gondii infection, and characterize T. gondii strain specific behaviour towards this regulation
Email: jayabhushan@wustl.edu

Jae Claywell

Education:
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
B.S. in Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Project:
Defining the roles of cyclic nucleotide kinases in Toxoplasma gondii bradyzoites
Email: jaeclaywell@wustl.edu

Yong Fu

Education:
Ph.D. in Veterinary Biotechnology, College of Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University, 2018
Project:
Exploring the roles of calcium signaling and kinases in control of invasion and egress in bradyzoites
Email: fuyong@wustl.edu

Lisa Funkhouser-Jones

Education:
Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
B.S. in Biology, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Project:
Development of genetic tools for Cryptosporidium parvum in an in vitro culture system
Email: l.funkhouser-Jones@wustl.edu

Zhou Huang

Education:
Ph.D. in Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2017
Project:
Investigating interactions of virulence factors  in Toxoplasma gondii that involve in host transcription repression.
Email: zhouhuang@wustl.edu

Sumit Kumar

Education:
Ph.D. in Infection Biology, Cellular Immunology Group, ICGEB, New Delhi, India
Project:
Delineating host factors controlling intracellular growth of Toxoplasma gondii in human cells
Email: sumitkumar@wustl.edu

Josh Radke

Education:
PhD in Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, 2014
Project:
Combines small molecule screening and molecular genetics to define the role of autophagy in human innate immunity.
Email: jradke@wustl.edu

Nick Rinkenberger

Education:
Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
B.S., Texas A&M University – College Station
Project:
Identification of host factors impacting apicomplexan infection
Email: nicholasrinkenberger@wustl.edu

Alex Rosenberg

Education:
2008- 2015 PhD in Molecular Microbiology
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.
Project:
Discovery of novel Toxoplasma gondii secreted Effectors
Email: alexander.rozenberg@wustl.edu

Iti Saraav

Education:
PhD in Immunology, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, India
Project:
Defining T cell antigens/epitopes for diagnosis of toxoplasmosis
Email: iti.saraav@wustl.edu