Maria Carolina Touz

National University of Cordoba, Argentina


Maria C. Touz serves as a biochemist and performed her Ph.D. degree at the University of Cordoba, Argentina on different aspect of Giardia lamblia biochemist and cell biology. She then moved to the USA to carry out four years of post-doctoral studies on this protozoa parasite at the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institutes of Health, under the mentoring of Dr. Theodore Nash. Since 2004, she is a researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and lead the Laboratory of Microbiology and Immunology of the Ferreyra Research Institute in Cordoba, Argentina. Her scientific long term goal is disclose the molecular mechanisms involved in the vesicular trafficking to the lysosome-like vacuoles in the Giardia. Particularly, she disclosed reduced machinery composed by few adaptor proteins and clathrin in the delivery of lysosomal hydrolases. Her work addresses several important questions related to not only to the basic mechanisms of intracellular protein trafficking during growth and differentiation of Giardia but also to their relationship to the pathogenesis and transmission of this parasite.

Biography Updated on 23 May 2012

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