Judy Sakanari
I am the lead scientist for the Bill & Melinda Gates-funded project to screen compounds with Brugia malayi, the roundworm that causes the disease known as lymphatic filariasis or elephantiasis. Our team recently developed a low cost and simple visual imaging system that utilizes a novel software program to capture video recordings to assay compounds with these large worms. Rather than using laborious and subjective methods of analyzing the data, our method allows us to quantify each worm’s movement simultaneously, on an entire plate, with each plate taking only a few seconds to read.

My research also involves other parasite projects including the development of a schistosome cell line for use in drug discovery and screening studies and characterizing various parasite proteins as potential
drug targets.

In addition, for the past 15 years, I have taught a Medical Parasitology course at U.C. Berkeley. This is an intensive 6-week summer session course covering medically important helminthic and protozoan parasites that cause morbidity and mortality worldwide. Students learn about the epidemiology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of the infections as well as the ecology and evolution of the host-parasite relationship.

Dr. Sakanari's UCSF Profile page is

Christina Bulman
Research Scientist

ian Vogel
Research Scientist

Emma Gunderson

KC Lim
Senior Research Assistant & Parasitologist

Chris Franklin
Senior Research Assistant


And former members:

Louise Goupil

I am a PhD student in Chemistry and Chemical Biology with a B.S. in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley. My graduate work focuses on cysteine proteases in the free-living flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea. This worm is closely related to a number of human parasites including the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni. By using S. mediterranea as a surrogate model, I hope to elucidate the role played by cysteine proteases in free-living and parasitic worms.

Chelsea Bidlow
Research Scientist
Lab Instructor, Integrative Biology 116 (Medical Parasitology Course) at UC Berkeley.

Iosune Ibiricu Urriza
Research Scientist & Electron Microscopy Specialist

Jiri Gut
Research Scientist, Parasitologist