Ruchi Joshi

Position: Research Assistant
Lab: Van Es 132, 136
Office: Van Es 193
Program: MS Canidate in Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Advisors: Dr. McEvoy & Dr. Khan

Graduate Student Profile

Education:
BS in Biotechnology with Minors in Chemistry and Microbiology from North Dakota State University

Research Focus:
I work with Cryptosporidium, a protozoan parasite that primarily causes cryptosporidiosis in humans and other hosts. It can become chronic and fatal in immunocompromised and immunosuppressed hosts, such as patients with AIDS, cancer, and transplanted organs. My research primarily aims to better understand the environmental stimuli that cause Cryptosporidium oocysts to excyst. I am also interested in investigating the post-translational changes that occur during excystation. The excystation mechanism is incompletely understood. Thus, learning about excystation can lead to a better understanding of environmental persistence and host specificity of Cryptosporidium. It can also help scientists to identify environmental and chemotherapeutic interventions.

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