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Dr. Patricia Dorn

Population Genetics of Triatoma dimidiata

Chagas Disease in a Primate Colony

PCR diagnosis of Trypanosoma cruzi

Workshop presented at University of San Carlos, Guatemala entitled: "Generalidades de PCR-RAPDs para genética de poblaciones" (Use of RAPD-PCR for the study of population genetics).

My laboratory is focused on the control of Chagas disease, a leading cause of heart disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite. Previous work was on PCR-based diagnosis and strain typing of T. cruzi in patients and vectors in Guatemala and Mexico. Our current focus is the population genetics of the parasite vector Triatoma dimidiata in Central America. Much of this work has been done in collaboration with the Laboratory of Applied Entomology and Parasitology LENAP, headed by Dr. Carlota Monroy at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. In addition, we are surveying a Louisiana primate population for evidence of infection with T. cruzi in collaboration with Dr. Frank Cogswell and a dog population in the Atchafalaya Basin in collaboration with Dr. Jack Malone, LSU Vet School.

Patricia Dorn, PhD,

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
tel 504.865.3672
fax 504.865.2920

Loyola University New Orleans
Department of Biological Sciences

last updated 1/23/2006

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