Melchor and Byrnes awarded a ‘Double Hoo’

Two members of the Sarah Ewald lab, Stephanie Melchor (a graduate student) Kari Byrnes (an undergraduate), were awarded a joint Double-Hoo award to study how local tissue inflammation during Toxoplasma infection can lead to chronic muscle wasting and cachexia. Melchor and Byrnes will use microscopy to determine how parasite location influences the inflammatory response. The Double-Hoo award gives research funds to pairs of undergraduate and graduate students, giving undergraduates meaningful research experience and giving graduate students opportunities to mentor.