Group photo December 2019

TRG December 2019

Principle Investigator 

Rick Tarleton, Principle Investigator

 

Rick Tarleton

Regents’ Professor and UGA-Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences

Ph.D., 1983, Wake Forest University

 

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Molly Bunkofske

 

Molly Bunkofske 

Graduate Research Assistant

BA in Biology, Augustana College, Rock Island IL 

Molly joined the lab in 2016. Her current research focuses on understanding why the CD8+ T cell response fails to clear infection with T. cruzi and identifying alternative targets of the CD8+ T cell response that may be beneficial for vaccines. 

Juan

 

Juan Bustamante       

Assistant Research Scientist  

PhD. in Health Science, University of Cordoba, Argentina 

Juan joined the Tarleton Research Group in 2005. His current research focuses on gaining a better understanding the role of the immune response upon T. cruzi infection as well as in the development of optimized treatment protocols for Chagas disease. In his spare time he enjoys coaching and playing soccer.  

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Daphne Diaz

Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant

Jihyun Lim

Jihyun Lim

Research Technician III 

Lim joined the Tarleton lab in the fall of 2018. She works mainly on drug discovery assays targeting T. cruzi, testing using both in vitro and in vivo techniques. In the past she has studied genetic engineering and food science. In her free time she is passionate about Zumba and travel.  

 

   
Angel

 

Angel Padilla 

Research Scientist

PhD, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina  

Angel has been with the lab since 2004. His main interests include studying the immune response against T. cruzi and the biology of the parasite. He is also involved in the high throughput screening of new compounds against T. cruzi. In his free time, he likes spending time with my family and friends.  

Natasha

 

Natasha Perumal    

Graduate Research Assistant

BSc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Colombo-Sri Lanka   

Natasha has been a part of the TRG since January 2016. Her research interests focus on understanding the early events in immune recognition of T. cruzi and how these events impact the overall control of infection. In her free time she enjoys travelling, hiking and live music.  

Huifeng Shen

 

Huifeng Shen 

Research professional III 

PhD, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Huifeng joined the lab in 2016. She works as the backbone of our CRISPR approaches in the lab and her main projects include preparing CRISPR system proteins, multi-plex serology screening, and microarray analysis of protein samples. She enjoys reading in her free time.  

Nikitha

Nikitha Sundaresha

Graduate Research Assistant

B.Tech in Biotechnology, PESIT University, Bangalore.

MS in Bioinformatics, Northeastern University, Boston.

Nikitha is just starting her research in T. cruzi and is yet for find a project that is her primary focus. She is currently looking to develop her skill set and learn.

Fernando Valdez

 

Fernando  Sánchez-Valdéz

Research Professional III 

PhD, Molecular Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry in the University of Buenos Aires. Argentina.  

The main focus of his research has been to uncover the mechanism of drug resistance in Chagas disease by combining ex vivo luminescence assays and tissue-clearing techniques.

Wei

 

Wei Wang

Research Professional IV

PhD, Molecular Genetics, Shanghai, China, Chinese Academy of Science

Wei joined the TRG in 2014. Her research projects include Mode of Action studies of drugs for Chagas therapy, adapting new CRISPR technologies to T. cruzi, and dissecting T. cruzi genomes to address what genetic codes that make this parasite so unique. Outside of the lab, she enjoys jogging and playing the Violin.

Brooke

 

Brooke White

Lab Manager 

B.S. in Biological Sciences, Valdosta State University  

Brooke has been managing the Tarleton lab since 2017. She works mainly on detecting parasite DNA in mouse and macaque tissues and isolating PBMC samples from macaque and canine T. cruzi treatment trials along with day to day running of the lab. Previously she managed a Drosophila Genetics lab at UGA. Brooke loves spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, and watching movies in her free time. 

Recent Lab Alumni

 
Natalia

Natália P. de A. Nogueira

September 2019 - May 2020

Visiting Professor

PhD, Biosciences, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Anita Minniefield

Anita Minniefield

August 2018 - May 2020

Research Technician III

B.S. in Biological Sciences, Cornell University

   Adriana Martins

 

     

Adriana M. C. Canavaci Martins

January 2020 - February 2021

Research Technician III

PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais