Trypanosoma brucei, the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, acts by disturbing the circadian rhythms, and therefore the sleep, of its host. But does T. brucei also have circadian rhythms? Dr. Filipa Rijo-Ferreira shows that yes, the African sleeping sickness parasite does have circadian rhythms and that they regulate its metabolism. She demonstrates that African sleeping sickness parasites have an intrinsic circadian clock that is independent of the host, and which regulates parasite biology throughout the day.
This talk is part of the Young Scientist Seminars, a video series produced that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries.
Filipa Rijo-Ferreira received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Nova University of Lisbon. For her MSc she joined the laboratory of Dr. Charles Bangham at Imperial College London where she studied immunology and infection. As a graduate student at the University of Porto, she became fascinated with Molecular Parasitology and Circadian Rhythms,… Continue Reading