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Bergeline NguemwoTentokam Earns Award for Parasitology Research at Woods Hole Conference

Bergeline NguemwoTentokam, a PhD student in Georgetown University’s Microbiology and Immunology Department’s Singer Lab, has been recognized for her outstanding research on Giardia duodenalis, a common parasite that causes giardiasis.

NguemwoTentokam received an award for the best poster presentation at the prestigious Woods Hole ImmunoParasitology (WHIP) conference held April 21-24, 2024, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Her research, titled “Investigating Serine Proteases in Giardia duodenalis infection,” impressed a panel of judges with its scientific rigor and potential implications for future treatment strategies.

Giardia duodenalis is a microscopic parasite that infects the small intestine, causing symptoms like diarrhea, cramps, and bloating. It is a major public health concern globally, particularly in developing countries.

NguemwoTentokam’s research focuses on understanding the role of serine proteases, a class of enzymes, in Giardia infections. By delving deeper into this area, she hopes to identify potential targets for new drugs to combat giardiasis.

“Winning this award is a tremendous honor,” says NguemwoTentokam. “It validates the importance of our research and motivates me to continue exploring new avenues in the fight against giardiasis.”

The WHIP conference brings together leading researchers from around the world to share their latest findings in the field of immunoparasitology. NguemwoTentokam’s achievement at this esteemed conference signifies the caliber of research being conducted at Georgetown University.