Pegine Walrad

Anniversary Research Lecturer

Research

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Overview

  • Leishmania spp.
  • Trypanosoma brucei
  • Pathogen genetics
  • Developmental regulators
  • RNA biology
  • Leishmania motility parameters

Pegine’s laboratory works on kinetoplastid parasites which cause human disease worldwide; afflicting the poorest of society. The Leishmaniases currently infect 12 million people with 2 million new cases annually. It is the second biggest killer of parasitic diseases and 70% of those infected are under 15yrs old. No vaccine exists, available treatments have toxic side effects and resistance to existing treatments is on the rise.

Research centers on regulators of Leishmania parasite differentiation that enable human leukocyte infection, with emphasis on post-transcriptional control as the primary mode of gene regulation. Leishmania parasites infect distinct host environments and this requires concise and responsive adaptation to survive. Gene regulators and signaling pathways that initiate parasite response to host cells and enable adaptation have yet to be identified and are key to combating the diseases caused by these parasites. Regulatory systems enabling parasite development are characterized using a combination of molecular, biochemical, genetic and bioinformatic techniques, utilising transcriptomic and proteomic approaches to isolate human-infectious stage specific regulators.

Technologies

  • Parasite genetics, RNA Biology, comparative transcriptomics and proteomics, high speed 3D microscopy

Contact details

Dr Pegine Walrad
Anniversary Research Lecturer
Department of Biology
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 328918
Fax: 01904 328844