Graduate Program: Ph.D.
Ticks are obligate hematophagous ectoparasites that have medical and veterinary importance.
Hard ticks, such as Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick), attach to a host and
feed for up to 14 days. To complete feeding, ticks must subvert the host’s immune,
hemostatic, inflammatory and wound healing responses using the numerous bioactive
compounds in their saliva. Our lab is interested in dissecting tick saliva to determine
the type of molecules present and how ticks use these molecules to regulate the activities
of immune and reparative cells at the feeding lesion to feed until repletion. Our
work in conjunction with others involving tick saliva research will provide more information
that is useful in combating tick-borne agents which are an important source of emerging
and reemerging diseases.
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