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MCB Seminar Series: Damian Ekiert

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Storrs Campus
BPB 130

Dr. Damian Ekiert Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine

Host: Aoife Heaslip

"How microsporidian parasites use harpoons to invade host cells"

Summary: To begin the infection process, microsporidian parasites fire a harpoon-like projectile called the “polar tube” to pierce the plasma membrane of a host cell and then translocate the parasite inside. I will present our latest work towards understanding this invasion process.

Short Bio: BA in Biology, UChicago 2005; PhD at Scripps Research Institute in Ian Wilson’s lab working on broadly neutralizing antibodies against influenza; postdoc with Jeff Cox/Ron Vale studying virulence mechanisms in M. tuberculosis. Started lab in 2017 at NYU School of Medicine

To learn more about Dr. Ekiert and his work visit:

Seminar can be livestreamed at


Molecular and Cell Biology (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, EEB Related Events, GO:MCB, Physiology & Neurobiology

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