A description of the MMG faculty and their research interests can be found here
Figure 1. This figure highlights the molecular pathogenesis of Agrobacterium tumefaciens molecular biology as it causes disease in susceptible plants.(Courtesy of MMG faulty member Dr. David Lynn)
Figure 2. Three-dimensional structure of influenza hemagglutinin (HA), the viral surface protein responsible for binding to host cells. A close-up of the binding domain (shaded) is shown on the right to indicate how HA attaches to cellular receptors that contain sialic acid (green). (Courtesy of MMG faulty member Dr. David Steinhauer)
MMG faculty with interests in parasitology focus on malaria host-pathogen interactions, with the aim of better understanding how malaria infection takes hold and causes disease. Research topics include mechanisms of parasite invasion and residence in host cells, antigenic variation, immune mechanisms of parasite control, immunopathogenesis of malaria infection and the impact of co-infections on malaria. Multiple tools are being used to research malaria on campus and current funded work includes a large NIH-funded systems biology project Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC) http://www.systemsbiology.emory.edu/ that simultaneously models multiple aspects of malaria biology. Faculty members who specialize in malaria include Dr. Tracey Lamb and Dr. Mary Galinski.
Figure 3: Malaria parasites inside a red blood cell (courtesy of MMG faculty member Dr Tracey Lamb).