Patrick J. Skelly, PhD

I am a Course Director and teacher in the MS-IDGH program. I also run the Molecular Helminthology Laboratory at Cummings School with Dr. Chuck Shoemaker.

I enjoy the challenge of figuring out how schistosomes overcome the sophisticated protective mechanisms our bodies possess in order for them to successfully infect us. How do they find us? How do they get into our bodies and navigate within? Why don’t they cause blood clots? Why don’t our immune systems eliminate them? Can we discover new ways (drugs, vaccines) to debilitate them? Trying to answer such questions is stimulating and fun and important. Engaging students, colleagues and collaborators in these efforts is enriching.

The faculty, staff, and students at Cummings School provide a rich and stimulating community that promotes research and teaching. More broadly, Tufts University has a global focus, which provides opportunities for collaborations both within the university community and around the world.

It is exciting to be part of a program that gets the message out clearly and trains students to address broad issues concerning infectious diseases and global health, particularly as this relates to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and effective control of these diseases worldwide.

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