Hi! My name is Chloe Park, and I am a Biochemistry major entering my Junior year at the University of Arizona. I have been working in the Koshy lab for just over a year. In our lab, we study the common human parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and specifically its unique mechanism to avoid the brain’s complicated immune system and its ability to persist in the mammalian brain for a life-long period. My current project involves trying to figure out which genes are responsible for playing a role in the parasite’s ability to encyst in which they convert into a semi-dormant phase. The ultimate goal is to improve treatments for patients with symptomatic toxoplasmosis and to better understand the complicated immune system of our brain. Through our studies, we might even be able to provide new insights into various other neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. In the future, I hope to continue studying the fascinating brain by pursuing my career path as a physician-scientist!
In my free time, I love to explore new food places with my friends, and working out has always been a helpful way to relieve stress. Also, I recently got into knitting while watching Netflix and plan on donating 100 chemo-caps by the end of this year