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Department of Tropical Medicine

News, updates and more!

In This Issue
Welcome Dr. Juan Pizarro
Farewell to Dr. Richard Oberhelman
Get to know your colleague Corner
Faculty and Student Accomplishments
Diboll and BSL3 Grand Opening
Welcome Dr.
Juan C. Pizarro
Dr. Juan C. Pizarro is the newest member of the Department of Tropical Medicine. Dr. Pizarro joined us from the University of Toronto where he served as a Research Associate in the Department of Structural Genomics Consortium. In his current position as an Assistant Professor of Tropical Medicine, Dr. Pizarro will investigate the interactions between human and parasitic proteins to understand the host-parasite relationship between Plasmodium falciparum and its human host. Dr. Pizarro's lab is located in the Collins C. Diboll Laboratory on the first floor of the JBJ building.
Trop Med Congratulates Dr. Richard Oberhelman


The Department of Tropical Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Richard Oberhelman. Effective July 1, Dr. Richard Oberhelman will begin serving as Chair of the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Oberhelman has over 22 years of experience in the Department of Tropical Medicine where he served as Professor and Interim Chair. Dr. Kumar sent his well wishes by saying "Richard has been a valuable colleague to us in the department.  We thank him for his numerous contributions and support through the years.  He will be missed, but then he will continue to remain as one of us by still being a faculty of the School"

Centennial Celebrations
November 9 - 11, 2012


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Dr. Anusha Gopalakrishnan


Dr. Anusha Gopalakrishnan
joined the Kumar Lab in the fall of 2009. Anusha's research focuses on understanding mechanisms of gene recombination in the malaria parasite.  These mechanisms are important to understand the process of antigenic variation and mechanisms of drug resistance. She is also accomplished in classical Indian dance & music and volunteers in the local Indian community events in New Orleans. Anusha is from Pune, India and lives in the United States with her husband, a Software Engineer at Compuware Corporation located in Michigan. They are expecting their first child, a baby boy in June. Congratulations to the proud parents.

Faculty and Student Accomplishments



The Department of Tropical Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Nirbhay Kumar. Dr. Kumar was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and creativity in the microbiological sciences.  Dr. Kumar was also elected as Chair of the ASTMH Travel Award Committee.




Dr. Oberhelman received the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award given by Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.



 Congratulations to the graduates of 2012


The 2012 commencement was a great success and the Department of Tropical Medicine would like to congratulate all of our students on their hard work and contributions. 


Jana Hambley received the Charles C. Bass Award for outstanding student in the masters of public health and tropical medicine program in the Department of Tropical Medicine.


Toni Marie Hudson received the Ernest K. Faust Award for outstanding student in the masters of science in the public health program in the Department of Tropical Medicine.


Congratulations to Mark Rider for passing his comprehensive exam. Mark is a PhD candidate in the Hong Lab.




Collins C. Diboll
 Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Disease and BSL3 Laboratory Grand Opening
The Department of Tropical Medicine is happy to announce the grand opening of the Collins C. Diboll Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Disease and the BSL3 Laboratory.  The grand opening took place on May 15, 2012 and was attended by the Diboll Foundation officials, the Provost, Vice President of Research of the University, and the Dean and faculty from SPHTM.