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Kyle Tretina

  • Ph.D. candidate
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • University of Maryland Baltimore
  • 2Followers
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About

East Coast Fever (ECF) is a disease of cattle in eastern, central, and southern African countries cause by a eukaryotic parasite called Theileria parva. This parasite is somewhat related to the parasite that causes malarai (Plasmodium), as shown in the picture below. ECF is a serious economic issue in endemic regions, as it kills >1 million cattle per year, costing farmers over $300 million USD equivalent. I am part of an international consortium of scientists from around the world trying to create a recombinant vaccine against this disease using reverse vaccinology, a combination of bioinformatics and high-throughput systems immunology methods that filters and screen large sets of polypeptides, searching for the best vaccine candidate(s).

Research interests

Professional experience

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Maryland - Baltimore

July 2012 - Present

Research Technologist

University of Chicago

June 2011 - June 2012(a year)

Education

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Maryland - Baltimore

July 2012 - December 2014(2 years)

Bachelors Degree

Wheaton College

September 2007 - May 2011(4 years)

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