Best Talk Awards

Jaime Lisack, University of Würzburg
Shifting perspectives: a modification to the life cycle of Trypanosoma brucei.

Katelyn Walzer, University of Pennsylvania
The Cryptosporidium single-cell atlas reveals key life cycle stages and a commitment to male and female development.

Tyler Smith, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
High-throughput functionalization of the Toxoplasma gondii proteome.

Joana R Correia Faria, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
The VSG-exclusion (VEX) complex orchestrates VSG allele-exclusive interactions with the spliced-leader locus in trypanosomes.

Rebecca Clements, Harvard Medical School
A novel protein complex is essential for the maturation of transmission-stage malaria parasites.

Honorable Mentions

Christian Reuter, University of Würzburg
Development of tsetse fly-transmitted African trypanosomes in primary human skin equivalents.

Aitor Casas-Sanchez, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
TbMYND1, a novel mRNA stabiliser that controls trypanosome migration through the tsetse.

Sebastian Shaw, University of Bern
Trypanosomes having pHun: cyclic AMP signalling in perception and response to pH gradients.

Matthew Child, Imperial College London
Cellular barcoding reveals permissive host brain colonization by Toxoplasma gondii.

Jipeng Wang, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Exploring the male-induced female reproduction of Schistosoma mansoni in a novel medium.

Best Poster Awards

Rafael Miranda de Souza,
Molecular biodiversity and evolution of ascorbate peroxidase in Trypanosoma cruzi.

Mariana De Niz, Instituto de Medicina Molecular
In vivo imaging reveals that establishment of tissue reservoirs by Trypanosoma brucei is multi-factorial.

Filipa Rijo-Ferreira, UT Southwestern
The rhythmic day of malaria parasites.

Elizabeth English, University of Pennsylvania
Long-term live-microscopy of Cryptosporidium reveals direct development of sexual stages.

Gabriel Rangel, Pennsylvania State University
Metabolomic approaches to discovering resistance-resistant antimalarial drug targets.

Honorable Mentions

Alice Herneisen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The calcium-responsive proteome of an apicomplexan parasite.

Victoria Bonnell, Pennsylvania State University
Investigation of sequence-specific transcription factors with similar DNA binding specificities in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

Jennifer Dumaine, University of Pennsylvania
Cryptosporidium parvum exports proteins into the cytoplasm of the epithelial host cell.

Henrique Machado, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Universidade de Lisboa
Loss of fat mass during a Trypanosoma brucei infection prolongs host survival.

Marta Maia Machado, Heidelberg University Hospital
A PfCRK4-regulated protein plays a role for cell-cycle progression of P. falciparum.

Jiacheng Liu, Cornell University
Identifying specificity of histone reader domains in malaria parasites.

Coolest Lab Video

Luisa Figueiredo, Instituto de Medicina Molecular

Coolest Lab Video Contest Entries

1) Figueiredo Lab

2. Institute of Primate Research

3) Protist Parasite Cytoskeleton Lab

4) Raper Lab

3. Silber Lab


4. Apico Lipid Lab


7) National Institute of Immunology

8) Papavasiliou Stebbins Lab

9) Wirth Lab

10) The Biology of Parasitism Course

11) Trypanosomatid Physiology Lab

12) Duraisingh Lab

13) Sheiner Lab