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Laura J. Knoll

Picture of Laura J. KnollProfessor, Dept. Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UW-Madison

1550 Linden Drive
(608) 262-3161
3303 Microbial Sciences Building

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  • B.A. - 1989; Saint Olaf College; Northfield, MN
  • Ph.D. - 1994; Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, MO
  • Postdoctoral Research- Stanford University; Stanford, CA

Research Interests

Molecular parasitology; Vaccine development for the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii

Research Focus

Our research centers on studying the host/pathogen interactions of the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii. T. gondii is well known for causing encephalitis in immunocompromised patients and is a member of the coccidian family of parasites that include Plasmodium (causative agent of malaria) and Cryptosporidium (causative agent of diarrhea). My laboratory uses the latest technologies, including next generation sequencing and mass spectrometry, to uncover the parasite and host genes that are necessary for the establishment and maintenance of chronic infection in animals. We then use biochemistry, molecular and cell biology to define the how and why these pathogen and host genes are important.

Recent Publications

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