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Parasitology

Information for Exchange Students

 

Name of the department: Department of Infectious Diseases, Division of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki

Name of the research project: Biology of intestinal nematodes based on genome and transcriptome analysis

Head of the laboratory: Prof Haruhiko Maruyama, MD

Tutor(s): Ayako Yoshida, Eiji Nagayasu

Language(s): English/Japanese

Duration of the project: two weeks

Period of year: July to September

Acceptable number of students (per period/per year): 2/period, 2/year

 

Description of the project

The difference of parasitic and free-living animals is that parasites eat, develop, and reproduce in the host animals, not in the environment. After entering the host, some parasites including intestinal nematodes migrate through several different organs and tissues in the host before arriving at the final destination, e.g. small intestine. This phenomenon, referred to as ‘tissue migration’, is tightly linked to the development of parasites. By analyzing gene expression profile of different developmental stages in Strongyloides venezuelensis and Ascaris suum, we are currently trying to answer the questions; what parasites are really doing in the host and what regulate the development of parasites in the host.

 

Aim of the project:

To identify the function of stage-specifically expressed genes and the host-derived gene expression regulator.

Requirements (if special knowledge is needed): No special knowledge is needed, but students who are interested in this research field are highly recommended.