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Molecular Helminthology Laboratory

Molecular Helminthology Laboratory

New Hope for a Neglected Disease

Two Cummings School researchers studying schistosomiasis find molecules that may hold the key to a cure.

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The Molecular Helminthology Laboratory at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is run jointly by Dr. Patrick Skelly and Dr. Charles Shoemaker. The laboratory exploits modern molecular biology tools to investigate, primarily, the interaction of helminth parasites with their hosts, and is currently engaged in a variety of projects involving worms of medical and veterinary importance that belong to two major phyla - the Platyhelminthes and the Nematoda.


The Most Important Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Tufts’ veterinary school researchers are among a handful worldwide seeking a cure for a debilitating parasitic infection that afflicts over 200 million people. Read more.

Schistosome 2019 BioEssays Publication “Why do Intravascular Schistosomes Coat Themselves in Glycolytic Enzymes?” Video Abstract here.

COVID-19 Guidance: Guidance and operational updates for Cummings School and its veterinary teaching hospitals. Read More