Beginner’s Guide to the Biology of Parasites [F-18-6]

Presenter: Andrew David
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 3:30 PM 10/22

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Malaria, sleeping sickness, flesh-eating worms and brain-paralyzing amoebas. You may have read about them in the news and heard bone-chilling stories from people who travelled to exotic locations and returned with strange passengers in their bodies, or you may have watched, with fascinated horror, Animal Planet’s “Monsters Inside of Me.” Regardless of which outlet was your first introduction to parasites, they have been brought to your attention by the mainstream media, and by the medical community as well. In this course, we will review the basic biology of parasites and investigate the question of what makes them ‘tick’! We also will explore archetypal examples, such as the tapeworms, and review some notorious case studies in the medical literature.

Andrew David is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but he grew up in Queens, NY. He has a Ph.D. in Zoology from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Director of Freshman Biology at Clarkson University. His main research involves understanding the ecology of invasive species in both marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Cap: 50

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