Parasites and Fungi Take Center Stage Nov. 18 at Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium

Fifth annual event will feature Michael White of the University of Florida as keynote speaker

The Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium will be held on November 18.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Faculty researchers, postdoctoral scientists and graduate students from throughout Southern California will gather at the 5th Annual Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen (SCEP) Symposium, scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Genomics Auditorium at the University of California, Riverside.

Eukaryotic pathogens, including a variety of parasites and fungi, can lead to a variety of diseases in humans, animals and plants such as malaria, schistosomiasis, and plant infections leading to major crop losses worldwide. The Nov. 18 symposium will include short talks and posters by researchers throughout Southern California.

Keynote speaker for the SCEP Symposium will be Dr. Michael White, a faculty member at the University of South Florida who investigates the biology of Toxoplasma gondii and uses a vast array of genetic and biochemical approaches to understand how the parasite divides, establishes chronic infection and the many mechanisms of parasite/host cell interactions.

Symposium registration, abstract submission, continental breakfast, lunch and reception are all free of charge. However, registration is required. Due to the increasing popularity of this meeting, the number of attendees is limited to the first 100 who register.

Information, registration and online abstract submission is available at

Symposium sponsors are: the UCR Institute for Integrative Genome Biology; UCR School of Medicine (Biomed); Graduate Student Association (GSA); Graduate Program in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Nikon, Eppendorf, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Affymetrix.

The SCEP Symposium organizing committee is comprised of: Meera Nair, assistant professor of biomedical sciences; Karine Le Roch, associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience; Jason Stajich, associate professor of bioinformatics; and Emma Wilson, associate professor of biomedical sciences.

Media Contact

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Meera Nair
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