Season 4, Ep. 3

Season 4, Ep. 3

Alex Wai Chan

Man smiling in front of the MIT dome

In the third episode of BioGenesis Season 4, “Insight to Impact,” Alex Wai Chan talks about his work on Toxoplasma gondii — a parasite best known for its presence in cat poop. Toxo can infect cells in the human body, causing a condition called toxoplasmosis. His basic research has revealed new roles for one specific protein called a kinase that helps the parasite latch onto and enter its host’s cells. He’s even taken his research a step further to investigate whether scientists could use existing drugs to target this kinase and treat or prevent toxoplasmosis.

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