Keonte Graves headshot.

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I’m a Biology graduate student working in the Infectious Diseases division of the School of Medicine. My research is based on the parasitic protozoan Trichomonas vaginalis. It is the causative agent of the STI trichomoniasis. My focus is on a double-stranded RNA virus Trichomonas vaginalis virus (TVV), known to infect the protozoan. There are up to 4 different species of TVV and each has been observed to affect various aspects of T. vaginalis pathogenesis. TVV can upregulate the expression of cysteine proteinases and the immunogenic protein P270, which are linked to cytoadherence and cytotoxicity.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christina Muzny