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This image, affectionately referred to as the "Christmas Worm," shows Strongyloides stercoralis larva expressing transgenes encoding GFP (green fluorescent protein) in some head neurons and RFP (red fluorescent protein) in the body wall muscle. (Image: James Lok/Penn Vet)


Parasitic Helminths:
Genetic Determinants of Development and Host Interactions

Sponsored by the generosity of the Class of 1966 Lecture Fund.



  • Date: Friday, November 18, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m. (Reception: 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.)
  • Format: Hybrid
    • Physical Location: Billhardt Auditorium, The Vernon and Shirley Hill Pavilion, 380 South University Avenue, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA
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  • Registration Fee: None
  • Organizing Committee: Drs. Igor Brodsky, De'Broski Herbert, Christopher Hunter, James "Sparky" Lok, Phillip Scott, and Boris Striepen

Speakers & Topics

  • Opening remarks
    De'Broski Herbert, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Host-seeking and host-invasion behaviors of skin-penetrating nematodes
    Elissa Hallem, PhD, UCLA
  • To kill a parasite: A nuclear receptor story
    David Mangelsdorf, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Revisiting approaches to anthelmintic discovery in the age of resistance
    Mostafa Zamanian, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Lipid mediators in host-helminth interaction: Endocannabinoids
    Meera Nair, PhD, University of California-Riverside
  • Nematode cholinesterases and cholinergic regulation of immunity
    Murray Selkirk, PhD, Imperial College
  • Using functional genomics to support schistosome drug discovery
    Karl Hoffmann, PhD, Aberystwyth University
  • Knockout of liver fluke granulin impedes malignant transformation during infection with Opisthorchis viverrini
    Paul Brindley, PhD, George Washington University
  • Closing remarks
    James "Sparky" Lok, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

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