Areas of Interest
Comparitive cell biology and pathology of Microsporidia, phylum Protista, obligate intracellular parasites, infecting invertebrate and vertebrate animals and man.
Microanatomy of Cells and Tissues, Animal Parasites, Cell Biology, Biological Ultrastructure, Microtechniques, General Biology.
Memberships and Professional Service
Member of Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Society of Protozoology, American Society of Parasitology, New York Society for Electron Microscopy, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Helminthologial Society of Washington, D.C., New Jersey Society of Parasitology, Sigma Xi, New York Academy of Sciences, New Jersey Academy of Sciences, New Jersey Littoral Society.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Co-Investigator, National Institutes of Health, "NCDDG HIV Program for Infections Associated with AIDS," 2007-2012; Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health, "Minority Biomedical Research Support," 2008-2011; Nominated President-elect, The Society of Protozoology, 2001; Outstanding Alumnus Award, Indian River Community College, 2000.
Academic Interests and Plans
I am a comparative pathobiologist specializing in microsporidan protozoa. My background is in ultrastructure and cell pathology as it relates to these intracellular protozoan parasites. For several years, I have worked with all aspects of the biology of microsporidan parasites from their ultra-structure, development, and pathology to their distribution, means of transmission and identification. I have studied these parasites in invertebrates, fish and mammals, including man. My long-term goal is to better understand this group of protozoan parasites and their interactions with their environment.
The efforts of my laboratory have been directed toward the study of a microsporidia in the winter flounder: its incidence and distribution, the means of infection, the development of the parasite, the pathology it causes, the effects on the host immune system, and environmental factors. For the past 10 years, we have been studying the occurrence and identity of microsporidians in man. This has led us to the need for better techniques such as the Polymerage Chain Reaction (PCR) for the detection and identification of the protozoa as well as understanding of their biology.