Christopher de Graffenried
Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Bio Med Molecular, Microbiology & Immunology
Work: +1 401-863-9585
We study the replication of the cytoskeleton in T. brucei, the causative agent of African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in humans. We have shown that the Polo-like kinase homolog in T. brucei (TbPLK) is essential for the inheritance of the parasite's single flagellum, which is necessary for motility and viability. We focus on understanding how TbPLK affects flagellar inheritance by regulating the duplication and segregation of a suite of cytoskeletal organelles that position the flagellum.