Rick Tarleton

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The highest impact studies from our lab helped debunk the autoimmune hypothesis of pathogenesis in Chagas disease and opened the door for more aggressive treatment of the infection as a way to prevent disease and the push to develop vaccines to prevent infection. I expect my most lasting achievement in service is in conceiving, founding and serving as the initial director for the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia, now numbering 25 laboratories working in a wide range of neglected parasitic diseases, making it the largest and most influential group of its type in the world. More recently we have provided the initial whole genome transcriptomes and proteomes of Trypanosoma cruzi, completed assembly of the parasite genome, developed robust genome editing and manipulation tools for the research community and founded the Chagas Disease Foundation and the Chagas Drug Discovery Consortium.