A/Prof Sebastian Lourido
Lourido studies parasitic diseases caused by members of the phylum Apicomplexa, which represent a huge burden to global mortality and morbidity and the development of many nations. Lourido performed his graduate work under the mentorship of Professor L. David Sibley at Washington University in St. Louis, where he investigated the calcium-dependent signaling that drives parasite motility and invasion of host cells. After receiving his doctorate in 2012, he started an independent laboratory as a Fellow at Whitehead Institute. His laboratory recently succeeded in applying cutting-edge genome engineering technology (CRISPR/Cas9) in Toxoplasma gondii—an apicomplexan parasite related to the malaria parasite—thereby allowing his group to perform screens to identify genes necessary for parasite survival and drug resistance. Lourido is the recipient of a Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship (2012), the Molecular Cellular and Immunoparasitology Scientific Award (2011), the Schlesinger/Olivo Travel Award (2009 & 2010) and the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (2013). In 2017, Lourido was promoted to Member of Whitehead Institute and joined the MIT faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology.
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