Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate intracellular iron homeostasis in Trypanosoma brucei, a “neglected” pathogen that causes African sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in cattle
We study the molecular mechanisms that regulate intracellular iron homeostasis in Trypanosoma brucei; a parasite causing "sleeping sickness" in humans and animals. We use modern molecular, biochemical & cellular approaches to dissect and understand how these parasites adapt and survive in an iron-deprived milieu - a critical aspect for understanding host-pathogen relationships.
Iron is an essential micronutrient for all organisms and serves as a regulatory signal for virulence factors in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Its homeostasis is tightly regulated and extensively studied in these systems revealing specific mechanisms in each domain. However, it remains relatively understudied in T. brucei despite its crucial role in pathogenesis.
Our long-term goal is to elucidate the iron-sensing/regulatory network in T. brucei, understand how iron stress signals influence host-pathogen interactions & potentially identify differences in iron-stress response pathways between host & parasites that can direct future drug design and improve treatment.
Dr. Calvin Tiengwe currently holds a Sir Henry Dale fellowship from the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. His fellowship is hosted by Imperial College, London. We are indeed grateful for their generosity. Without both funding sources, our dream of contributing towards the fight against the ever-increasing morbidity and mortality accruing from neglected tropical infectious diseases would never be realised
First official Bangs & Blader lab meeting L-R (L): Taylor Glausen, Celia Florimond, Khan Umaer, Moi, Da Boss, Geroge Z, Elizabeth Haremza, Paige Daniels, Carolina Koeller, Charlotte Cordonnier, Gustavo Baptista,
Bangs lab: Acknowledgement slide by Da Boss
Bangs lab: Acknowledgement slide by Da Boss L-R: Chris Goulah, Emilia Kruzel, Moi, Geroge Zimmett
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We showed up at work wearing the same Argyle sweater...coincidence or fate? L-R: Umaer Khan, Carolina Keoller, Moi
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