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Michael White, Ph.D.

Primary Department: COLLEGE OF MEDICINE MOLECULAR MEDICINE

Professor, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE MOLECULAR MEDICINE

Professor, COPH GLOBAL HEALTH

Deputy Director, Florida Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation

Professor, Departments of Molecular Medicine & Global Health

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Contacts
Email: mwhite3@health.usf.edu
Phone: (813) 974-8411
Office: IDRB, 304
Mailing address Dept. of Global Health 3720 Spectrum Blvd, Suite 304
Tampa, FL 33612
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Education
  • post-doc, Biochemistry, University of Washington, USA - 1988.
  • PHD, Microbiolgy, Oregon State University, United States - 1984.
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, Oregon State University, USA - 1983.
  • B.A., Microbiology, San Jose State University, USA - 1978.
 
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Signature Programs
Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease.
 
Research Summary

Research in the White laboratory is focused on how the malaria-related protozoa, Toxoplasma gondii, grows and develops in its human host. T. gondii is an environmental pathogen of the central nervous system (class B bioterrorism agent), which causes an often fatal disease in people who are immunocompromised. Projects in our laboratory focus on how these parasites interact with their host cell to produce new progeny and establish persistent infections. Our studies employ a diverse and extensive array of genetic and biochemical approaches with special emphasis on whole-cell strategies that enable a global understanding of the biochemical pathways involved in parasite growth and development. From forward genetic approaches that allow essential protein factors to be identified by genetic complementation to cataloging gene clusters within the whole-cell transcriptome that are responsible for transduction of the parasite cell division cycle, we are uncovering novel pathways that hold the key to important parasite biology.

 


Selected Publications

Positions Held
  • Affiliate WWAMI Professor (Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington 2003 - 2009)
  • Professor (Veterinary Molecular Biology, Montana State University 2001 - 2009)
  • Visiting Professor (Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania 1996 - 2004)
  • Associate Professor (Veterinary Molecular Biology, Montana State University 1994 - 2001)
  • Assistant Professor (Veterinary Molecular Biology, Montana State University 1988 - 1994)
  • Research Assistant & Professor (Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington 1988 - 1988)
  • Senior Fellow (Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington 1984 - 1987)





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