Dr. Mastanbabu Somepalli arrived in Philadelphia to join us to work on new genetic approaches to dissect the metabolism of Cryposporidium. Mastan has done very nice work on the role of Plasmodium berghei plasmepsins during the mosquito phase of the malaria parasite's lifecycle. He just defended his thesis in the lab of Arun Kumar at the University of Hyderabad in India.
Dr. Amandine Guerin just received note of a two year EMBO long-term fellowship in support of her postdoctoral work on Cryptosporidium invasion and host manipulation. Great job on the proposal and obviously largely due to her highly successful thesis work with Dr. Maryse Lebrun in Montpellier. We are excited about the things that Amandine will discover -- she already collected a series of very cool and insightful time lapse movies of the process.