Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
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Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine (CBEM)
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Lab: HRIC 4B37
The Peters lab is focused on the immuno-biology of chronic infectious diseases, with a special emphasis on vector transmitted and neglected tropical diseases. The lab employs cutting edge multicolor flow cytometry and two-photon microscopy to unravel the intricacies of host-pathogen interactions in the skin and internal organs employing the Leishmania model of parasitic disease. Our work centers on the earliest events in the host response, including inflammatory cell interactions with vector inoculated parasites, and the regulation and expression of immunity to reinfection, including an exploration of the concept of immune memory during chronic infections. The goal of the lab is to develop new therapies and vaccines to combat those infectious diseases that impact the world’s most neglected populations.
The lab employs experimental rodent models of the different forms of leishmaniasis seen in humans and dogs in order to understand the immune mechanisms that control disease. Understanding the mechanisms underlying naturally acquired resistance is essential to the design of vaccines. The lab also maintains colonies of vector sand flies to study Leishmaniasis following transmission of Leishmania via sand fly bite.
Chair, MIID Global Health Committee
Editorial Board Member of Experimental Parasitology
Guest Editor, Frontiers in Microbial Immunology “Immunity to Infection with Leishmania”