Boris Striepen

Department of Pathobiology
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.

Boris grew up in Ruhrort where the German rivers Rhine and Ruhr meet, an industrial area then dominated by coal and steel. He studied biology at the universities of Bonn and Marburg and conducted undergrad research on liver flukes in Bonn and Nagana in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Boris earned a PhD summa cum laude for work on parasite biochemistry with Ralph Schwarz, was a postdoc with David Roos studying parasite cell biology, and joined the faculty of the Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia in 2000 until 2017.

He rose to Distinguished Research Professor prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.

Since 2017 Boris Striepen is Professor at the Department of Pathobiology, Department of Pathobiology, the Department of Microbiology and the Center for Global Health at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Boris studies the cell and molecular biology of apicomplexan parasites and directs an internationally respected research laboratory. His current research focus is the parasite Cryptosporidium, a leading global cause of diarrhea and mortality in young children. His lab pioneered molecular genetics for this important infection and leads a range of interdisciplinary efforts to understand fundamental parasite biology and to advance urgently needed translation towards drugs and vaccines. Boris is also engaged in education and training. He taught undergraduate, graduate and veterinary classes, directed an NIH training grant program in parasitology, and served as faculty and director of the Biology of Parasitism summer research course at the Marine Biology Laboratories in Woods Hole, MA. Boris is married to a social worker with remarkable patience for scientists and has three children, two are scientists – all are awesome.

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