This weekend, members from our lab attended the 61st American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists conference at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Tx. This annual meeting is one of the most important national gatherings of researchers, students, and clinicians for the distribution of new information and perspectives on the biology and control of parasites of veterinary importance.
During the conference, we had the opportunity to discuss parasitology research all over the U.S. (and even in South America) in addition to presenting our lab’s current research. Our post docs, Dr. Fennguang Guo and Dr. Haili Zhang presented their publications on “Giardia fatty acyl-CoA as a potential drug target” (Frontiers in Microbiology, 2015) and “Cryptosporidium Lactate Dehydrogenase is Associated with the Parasitophorous Vacuole Membrane and is a Potential Target for Developing Therpeutics” (PLOS Pathogens, 2015), respectively. Rana El-Tahan, our 3rd year PhD student presented her dissertation project on “Selecting Drug Targets Based on Cryptosporidium Glycolysis.” Rachel, our new graduate student, presented her poster on “Detection and Identification of an Undocumented Microsporidia in Federally Listed Eurycea Salamanders.” In addition, our exceptional PI, Dr. Zhu, was asked to moderate the oral presentations of the “Molecular and Biochemical Scientific Sessions.” Presenters during this session could count on Dr. Zhu to ask challenging questions and provide thought-provoking insight. Many of the presenters touched on the ever-growing concerns vector-borne diseases and drug resistance. During the student luncheon, representatives from each industry discussed career eligibility and opportunities with interested students. Overall, our lab obtained new knowledge and friends in addition to constructive criticism of presented research. We look forward to next year’s AAVP conference!