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Dr Bungo Akiyoshi
University of Oxford
All living cells must inherit their genetic material accurately every time they divide. Errors in this process lead to various human diseases such as cancer and birth defects. Revealing the mechanism of how cells inherit their chromosomes is therefore important to understand the molecular basis of these diseases as well as to develop better therapeutics. To gain insights into this process, I am studying trypanosomes because they have many unique features. Revealing the mechanism of chromosome in heritance in trypanosomes will provide important insights into how trypanosomes and other organisms (including human) perform this task. My work is also medically important because trypanosomes cause human sleeping sickness in Africa and kills more than 50,000 people every year. By understanding how trypanosomes inherit their genetic material, it will become possible to develop drugs that specifically kill the parasite to cure sleeping sickness.
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