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Welcome to the Striepen lab

We study  protozoan parasites and the current focus of our research program is Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is a leading global cause of diarrheal disease and early childhood mortality. We lack effective drugs and vaccines and our knowledge of this important parasite is limited.

We develop and use modern molecular approaches to understand  fundamental parasite biology, the response of the host to this infection, and the mechanisms by which host immunity and parasite pathogenesis interact. We also  partner with colleagues in academia and industry to advance drug development for Cryptosporidium.

The lab is part of the Department of Pathobiology, the Department of Microbiology and the Center for Global Health at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From 2000-2017 we were at the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia,

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