Annette Ruth

College of Science | March 13, 2015 

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Notre Dame alumna Annette Ruth is one of twelve Notre Dame researchers recently selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to receive a brand new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program grant.  Ruth will travel to Bogota, Colombia in May to work on a project entitled, “Zebrafish as an animal model to study Trypanosoma cruzi motility” at La Universidad de los Andes.

T. cruzi is the flagellate protozoan responsible causing Chagas' disease in the Americas. The mechanism and progression of T. cruzi infections in living hosts are poorly understood, so Ruth will investigate the motility of the parasite inside larval zebrafish. Zebrafish larvae are a good model organism for this type of research because they are transparent, enabling the use of advanced microscopy techniques. 
 

 by Daily Domer Staff

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