Bionook: Infectious Disease

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Bionook: Infectious Disease

While we have more information than ever before on viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, which plague humanity, new concerns are constantly arising—from drug resistant organisms to the threat of biological weapons. Armed with increasing amounts of genomic data and new biotechnologies, Whitehead Institute scientists are addressing these arising challenges to better understand how pathogens interact with hosts and the environment.

Meet the scientists:

Alexsia richards

Alexsia Richards is a postdoc in Whitehead Institute Member Rudolf Jaenisch’s lab investigating how dangerous tropical viruses interact with the brain.

Liz Boydston

Elizabeth boydston

Elizabeth Boydston is a postdoc in Whitehead Institute Member Sebastian Lourido’s lab investigating the pathogen Toxoplasmsa gondii.

Read about the research: 

Toxoplasma image.


Whitehead Institute researchers unravel the unique biology of apicomplexans — the parasites responsible for malaria, toxoplasmosis, and other diseases impacting global health.


Using a genome-wide CRISPR screen in neural progenitor cells, Whitehead Institute scientists uncover what the Zika virus needs to infect human cells

Sonia Iyer, Weinberg lab

Sonia Iyer is a postdoc in Whitehead Institute Founding Member Robert (Bob) Weinberg’s lab investigating ovarian cancer. 

Banner image credit: Clare Harding

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