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Associate Professor of Biology, University of Idaho
Dr. Arrizabalaga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the director of the Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Graduate Program at the University of Idaho (http://www.uidaho.edu/sci/biology/faculty/gustavoarrizabalaga) . In addition, Dr. Arrizabalaga will be serving as Chair-elect for ASM Division AA (Free-Living, Symbiotic and Parasitic Protists) starting July 1, 2012. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from MIT in 1999 and held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position at Stanford University School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. John Boothroyd. His research program focuses on various cell biology aspects of the pathogenic parasite Toxoplasma gondii. In particular, he has utilized cutting edge molecular genetics techniques to elucidate how the parasite enters and exits host cells and how it adapts at the physiological level to different environments. His research group is currently funded by grants from the NIH and the American Cancer Society.