Gerardo R. Vasta, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Gerardo R. Vasta
Gerardo R. Vasta, PhD

Dr. Vasta's laboratory focuses on Molecular, biochemical, structural, and functional aspects of protein-carbohydrate interactions relevant to immunity and early development:(a) Function/structure/evolution of innate immune mechanisms in vertebrates (Model organisms: zebrafish, amphibians, and mouse), and invertebrates (Model organisms: mollusks and tunicates).(b) Role of protein carbohydrate interactions in early development and cancer (zebrafish, mouse, and human).(c) Biochemical, molecular and genomic approaches to the study of recognition, signaling, and mechanisms for intracellular survival of protistan parasites (Model system: P. marinus and its host, the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica).

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  1. Fernández-Robledo JA, Lin Z, Vasta GR. Transfection of the protozoan parasite Perkinsus marinus. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2008 Jan;157(1):44-53.
  2. Surekha Shridhar, Kolaleh Hassan, David J. Sullivan, Gerardo R. Vasta, José A. Fernández Robledo. Quantitative assessment of the proliferation of the protozoan parasite Perkinsus marinus using a bioluminescence assay for ATP content. Int J Parasitol Drugs Drug Resist. 2013 Apr 13;3:85-92.