Use it or lose it: The function of mitochondrial DNA in trypanosomes

Friday 29 September 2017, 1.00PM

Speaker: Dr. Achim Schnaufer, University of Edinburgh

The long term goal of my research is the comprehensive description of mitochondrial function and biogenesis in trypanosomes - single cellular parasites of humans and their livestock - and to harness insight from this research for the development of new therapies. Our current research activities focus on three areas: (1) understanding how the mitochondrial genome of trypanosomes, a structure unique in nature, is maintained and expressed; (2) understanding the precise role of mitochondrial DNA and the encoded products in the parasite’s biology; and (3) exploiting our identification of some of the key players in mitochondrial biology in trypanosomes for drug discovery. In this seminar I will focus on recent studies in my lab regarding the important role of mitochondrial DNA in life cycle progression of the sleeping sickness parasite Trypanosoma brucei.

More information on the Schnaufer Lab

The host for this seminar is Dr. Pegine Walrad

Location: K018