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June 27, 2011

Entomologist presents research at international symposium

Submitted by David Margolies

Ludek Zurek, associate professor of entomology, presented a talk, "Microbial Ecology and Epithelial Immunity of the Sand Fly Lutzomyia longipalpis," at the 7th International Symposium on Phlebotomine Sandflies in Kusadasi, Turkey, April 25-30. The gastro-intestinal tract of insects is an ideal habitat for large and diverse microbial communities. Zurek's lab is interested in sand flies - microbial interactions from perspectives of oviposition, larval development, innate immunity and vector capacity for Leishmania parasites. More information on his research is available at here.