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Two CIDD members among 16 faculty PSU just named as Distinguished Professors. Reka Albert, Professor of Physics and Biology, and Eric Harvill, Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, are among the 16 faculty members that the Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs just names as Distinguished Professors.
Battling drug-resistant pathogens Biologist Andrew Read argues for new treatment strategies in race against rapidly evolving 'bugs.'
Doctors Without Borders nurse brings her experience to Penn State MOOC Doctors Without Borders nurse brings her experience to Penn State MOOC The 2014 Epidemics MOOC brings together a worldwide audience to discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
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Anti-parasite compounds in paternal diet of monarch butterflies enhance offspring’s ability to combat parasites Anti-parasite compounds in paternal diet of monarch butterflies enhance offspring’s ability to combat parasites Recent work by CIDD postdoctoral scholar Eleanore Sternberg demonstrates a trans-generational effect of paternal diet on offspring resistance to parasites in a monarch butterfly system. Medicinal compounds, known as cardenoloids, which are found in some milkweed plants, are known to provide parasite resistance to monarchs exposed to the protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha. Sternberg and her colleagues found that the parasite-protection benefits of cardenoloids can be transferred to offspring by fathers that ingest the medicinal compounds in their larval stage of development.
Helminth egg hatchability not inhibited by host antibodies in two parasites infecting rabbits Helminth egg hatchability not inhibited by host antibodies in two parasites infecting rabbits CIDD researchers Kristin Lambert, Ashutosh Pathak and Isabella Cattadori have shown that egg hatchability of two species of rabbit-infecting helminths, Trichostrongylus retortaeformis and Graphidium strigosum, are partially affected by the host immune response. Although previous research suggests various stages of helminths can be subdued by host antibodies, egg hatch rate appears to be modulated by other factors. Their findings demonstrate the complexities of host-parasite interactions and the lack of evidence for host antibodies inhibiting at least one stage of parasitic worm development.
Predicting outcomes of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia Predicting outcomes of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia New Ebola cases continue to emerge in West Africa where the ongoing epidemic of human Ebola virus disease has defied global efforts to quell its spread. Recent work by CIDD researcher Matt Ferrari and colleagues, led by John Drake at the University of Georgia, has identified potential aspects of transmission and control that may be most amenable to intervention. Using data from cases in Liberia, the findings suggest individuals’ decisions and hospitalization rates are key determinants of the future effective reproductive ratio of the virus.
Temperature alters Plasmodium blocking by Wolbachia Recent work by CIDD researchers Courtney Murdock, Simon Blanford, Grant Hughes, Jason Rasgon and Matt Thomas shows reduced development of the transmissible form of malaria parasites when mosquito vectors are co-infected with Wolbachia bacteria. The findings provide promising new insight into how Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes could be used to slow the spread of malaria in a wide-range of temperatures. Their work also highlights the complex interactions between mosquitoes and their symbionts and parasites across different ambient temperatures.
CIDD researchers demonstrate the value of information in adaptive management of epidemics CIDD researchers demonstrate the value of information in adaptive management of epidemics Recent work by CIDD researchers Katriona Shea and Matthew Ferrari, with collaborators, demonstrates the potential benefits of using adaptive management approaches in responding to epidemics.
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Millennium Science Complex as viewed from Pollock Field.

Many CIDD faculty and their research groups have re-located to Penn State’s new Millennium Science Complex. This is a state-of-the art research facility which will become the gateway for interdisciplinary research between the Life Sciences and the Material Sciences’ faculty and students.

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