Douglas Pace, PhD
Student researchers in my lab have the option to study one of two completely independent projects: one of biomedical relevance that utilizes molecular and genetic techniques; the other using whole-animal physiological techniques to answer important eco-physiological questions. The following are very brief descriptions of these projects.
1. Molecular Physiology of Parasitism: Student researchers in my lab study the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. We search for genes that are critical to its ability to invade human host cells and maintain ionic balance as it moves in-between intracellular and extracellular conditions. We especially focus on proteins related to calcium signaling.
2. Developmental Physiology: Student researchers in my lab study the physiology of marine invertebrate embryos and larvae in order to discover the biochemical and physiological pathways that allow for fast growth and development during early life history stages. We are especially interested in defining how these pathways change with varying environmental conditions (food, temp, pH, etc.).
Office: Molecular & Life Sciences Center Building, Room 228