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Dr. Ralene Mitschler

Photo of a protozoan parasite.

Welcome to the Mitschler Lab!

Students can conduct research on protozoan parasites that live in insects. This allows students to safely understand parasitic systems without risk of being infected themselves. These parasites (known as gregarines) are relatives of those that cause malaria, toxoplasmosis and cryptosporidiosis. Past students have conducted biosurveys of local insects and their parasites, studied the infection’s effects on behavior, and looked for genes involved in motility. Some students have tried to isolate rDNA to find evolutionary relationships between gregarines. One student made antibodies to a gregarine homogenate to look for proteins expressed by the gregarines and presented that work at a regional parasitology meeting. More recently students have searched for Toll-like Receptors (TLRs) in infected beetles and their larvae. This project has been recently expanded into a vertebrate system, using a rare, primitive breed of sheep (Jacob sheep) that is reputed to be resistant to infection to see if there is correlation between the TLRs found in the bloodstream and the current worm load (if any) in individual sheep.

Courses taught:

  • Parasitology
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology
  • Biology of Aging (required course for minor in gerontology)
  • Principles of Biology
  • Poster Capstone Workshop
  • Senior Capstone seminar

I am the PreMed/PreVet/PreDent health advisor at McDaniel College. I advise students on optimizing their academic, research and clinical shadowing record. My goal is to help keep all health professional pathways open while a student is pursuing an undergraduate degree.

 
F.S. Soccer Camp
July 24, 2014, 12:00 am
McDaniel Piano/Chamber Studies
July 24, 2014, 12:00 am
Nike LAX Camp
July 24, 2014, 12:00 am
Undergraduate Summer Session II
July 24, 2014, 12:00 am
Campbell Tennis Camp for Adults
July 25, 2014, 12:00 am
Green Terror Soccer (Ladies) Camp
July 27, 2014, 12:00 am
Green Terror Fooball Team Camp
July 28, 2014, 12:00 am
Point Guard College Basketball Camp
July 29, 2014, 12:00 am
Green Terror Men's Soccer Camp
July 30, 2014, 12:00 am
Providence Baptist Church Camp
August 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Summer Session ends
August 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Graduate semester begins
August 2, 2014, 12:00 am
Green Terror Basketball (Boys) Camp
August 4, 2014, 12:00 am
Summer Information Session
August 15, 2014, 9:30 am
Summer Information Session
August 15, 2014, 2:00 pm
Introduction Convocation
August 20, 2014, 12:00 am
Orientation
August 20, 2014, 12:00 am
Undergraduate classes begin
August 25, 2014, 12:00 am