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Using scRNAseq to understand malaria parasite development and evolution

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Single-cell transcriptomics has revolutionized our understanding of parasite populations. Using this technology, we are now able to understand how a unicellular organism coordinates gene expression throughout development and in response to environmental cues. I will discuss my work in the Malaria Cell Atlas project, which profiled single-cell transcriptomes from across the life cycles of diverse malaria parasites. I will demonstrate how we can use these data to assign potential gene function based on modules of co-expression over developmental time and identify how selection may be acting at different places in the life cycle. Focusing on mosquito stage parasites, I will show how conserved and divergent patterns of gene usage between parasite species point to both essential mechanisms in malaria transmission and species-specific adaptations potentially linked to host tropism. Finally, I will discuss how follow up studies have given insight into functional context and have tied observed expression patterns to unique morphological forms.

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