Protozoa are eukaryotic micro-organisms, many of which are capable of infecting humans and directly causing disease. Other protozoa affect humans indirectly by causing diseases in animals or via ecological influences. Protozoa--despite their small size and unicellularness--often exhibit complex and unique biological features. They also serve as experimental models in a variety of cellular, molecular, biochemical, and ecological research. The primary purpose of this website is a resource for Medical Protozoology (TRMD 6070) taught at the Tulane University School Public Health in the Department of Tropical Medicine.
Prospective students wishing to learn more about the course and other departmental courses should see the Tropical Medicine course descriptions. To register go to Schedule of Classes and search under Tropical Medicine for the Fall Semester. Course-related links include:
Protozoa and Human Disease is a textbook on medically important protozoa and the diseases they cause for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. It combines a taxonomic and medical approach and is therefore suitable for a parasitology, microbiology, medical, and public health readership. In addition to the basics such as morphological features, life cycles, and the clinical manifestations of the diseases, topics like the molecular and immunological basis of pathogenesis, metabolic pathways, specialized subcellular structures, ecology of disease transmission, antigenic variation, and molecular epidemiology are discussed for many of the protozoan pathogens. At the end of the book is an extensive glossary of molecular biology, immunology, and medical terms. Protozoa and Human Disease is available in the Tulane University Medical School Bookstore. Copies can also be ordered from Garland Science or Amazon.