John E. Donelson joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa in 1974 and was appointed an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1989. His research interests in tropical diseases date back to 1980 when he was a visiting Fogarty International Scholar in Kenya. His more than 900 scientific publications, including a Scientific American summary article, describe studies on sleeping sickness, river blindness, malaria, Chagas' disease, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis. He is a recipient of the Burroughs‑Wellcome Molecular Parasitology Award and co‑director of a summer course on "Biology of Parasitism" at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
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