Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentorship Wei-Jen Chang published a chapter in Biocommunication of Ciliates, released recently by Springer. “Interactions Between Parasitic Ciliates and Their Hosts: Ichthyophthirius multifiliis and Cryptocaryon irritans as Examples” was co-authored by Kassandra Zaila ’15 and Deanna Cho ’15.
Chang said, “The two ciliate parasites, I. multifiliis and C. cryptocaryon, are distantly related, but manifest similar pathological symptoms on host fish. Host immune responses to these parasite infections also share certain degree of similarities, and hence making systematically, side-by-side comparisons provide new aspects to examine interactions/communications between these protozoan parasites and their host fish.”
He noted that Zaila and Cho contributed significantly on literature review and making summaries leading to the final publication.