Symbiotes from Selected Hosts 121conjunction with faculty in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Clemson University, with one PhD student completing an examination of the potential utilization of amphibians and reptiles and their parasite communities as bioindicators of environmental contamination by polychlorinated biphenyl toxicants. Currently, one PhD student is examining the effect of a naturally occurring toxicant (mycotoxin) on the immune response of laboratory mice experimentally infected with the protozoan parasite
. Additional interests with zoonotic parasites of wildlife (primarily
are being pursued in conjunction with staff in the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Michael J. Yabsley received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University in 1997 and a MS degree in Zoology in August 2000. During his graduate studies at Clemson, Michael served as a teaching assistant for laboratories in parasitology, protozoology, invertebrate biology, developmental biology, and human anatomy and physiology. While an undergraduate, Michael completed research studying the effects of copper exposure on emergence of cercariae of a trematode,
, from experimentally infected
snails. His M.S. research concerned an investigation of the prevalence of
in raccoons as reservoir hosts throughout the state of South Carolina and adjacent areas of Georgia.
, the causative agent of Chagas’ disease in humans, is of zoonotic importance, as it occurs naturally in a wide variety of vertebrate hosts and is vectored by reduviid bugs. Michael currently is pursuing a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology at the University of Georgia in collaboration with the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study unit in Athens, Georgia. His research involves the study of host-parasite interactions and epidemiology of
and the HGE agent (an
sp. closely related to
), the causative agents of human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME) and granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE), respectively. While conducting research, Michael also will serve as a teaching assistant for epidemiology and veterinary parasitology.
2001 Clemson University
Pittman Noblet, G. and M. J. Yabsley. 2000. The good and the bad: Symbolic organismsfrom selected hosts. Pages 121-156,
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