Marilyn Parsons, PhD

Infectious Disease Research

Children's Title: Professor

Academic Title: Affiliate Professor, University of Washington

Research Center: Center for Global Infectious Disease Research

  • Marilyn Parsons, PhD, is professor at the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research. She received her PhD in genetics from Stanford University and conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington. She is an affiliate professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and has participated in numerous workshops in India and East Africa aimed at training young scientists to conduct research in infectious diseases. When not working, she enjoys her family, her standard poodles and her volunteer work in aid of women in need.


Research Description

The Parsons Lab works to identify drug targets and drug candidates for such diseases including human African trypanosomiasis (also known as African sleeping sickness), leishmaniasis, and toxoplasmosis. We are seeking to discover new ways to kill the parasites specifically without harming the human host. Read more about the Parsons Lab.

Research Focus Area

Ebola, Genetics, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Leishmaniasis, OMICS, Structural Genomics, Systems Biology, Trypanosomiasis, Virology, Zika