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Biology professor recognized as leader in study of Chagas disease

Dr. Dorn has published nine original research articles in journals such as American Journal of Medicine, Public Library of Science -Neglected Tropical Diseases; Infection, Genetics and Evolution; Clinical Infectious Diseases; Heredity, and Journal of Medical Entomology since 2009. In addition, she has published three book chapters and one monograph. One of these books was written in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of Chagas disease (In American Trypanosomiasis Chagas Disease – One Hundred Years of Research), and one chapter is in Advances in Parasitology. For both of these she was invited to contribute the chapter.

Funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents and the National Institutes of Health, and her sabbatical during the AY2010-2011 allowed her and her students to be this productive. Several articles describe their work on controlling transmission of the parasite in Central America by studying the genetics of the kissing bugs that carry the parasite and several articles are focused on Chagas disease in the United States. They described a high level of Chagas infection in dogs in Louisiana, many of which are dying of heart disease, and problem of kissing bug bites in sensitized people, which can cause serious, and sometimes life threatening, allergic reactions.

More on Dr. Dorn and her work on Chagas disease can be found on Loyola's Newsroom page.