Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Donna Akiyoshi

Research Associate Professor
Assistant Director, RBL

Molecular Genetics, Microbial Pathogenesis

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  • MBA - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - 1997
  • PhD Biochemistry/Biophysics - Oregon State University - 1983
  • BS Biological Sciences/Chemistry - University of California at Irvine - 1977
  1. Akiyoshi, D.E., H. Klee, R.M. Amasino, E.W. Nester and M.P. Gordon (1984). T-DNA of Agrobacterium tumefaciens codes an enzyme of cytokinin biosynthesis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 81: 5994-98.
  2. Akiyoshi, D.E., M. Denaro, H. Zhu, J.L. Greenstein, P. Banerjee and J.A. Fishman (1998). Identification of a full-length cDNA for an endogenous retrovirus of miniature swine. J. Virol. 72: 4503-07.
  3. Widmer, G., Akiyoshi, D. (co-first author), Buckholt, M.A., Feng, X., Rich, S.M., Deary, K.M., Bowman, C.A., Xu, P., Wang, Y., Wang, X., Buck, G.A., Tzipori, S. (2000) Animal propagation and genomic survey of a genotype 1 isolate of Cryptosporidium parvum. Molec Biochem. Parasitol. 108:187-97.
  4. Akiyoshi, D.E., Feng, X., Easter, T.E., M.A. Buckholt, G. Widmer and S.Tzipori (2002). Genetic analysis of a Cryptosporidium parvum human genotype 1 isolate passaged through different host species. Infection and Immunity 70, 5670-5675.

General Research Interests

  • Molecular biology related research including gene expression, molecular genetics, genome sequencing, two-hybrid systems and phage display.

Selected Research Projects

  • Expression of recombinant human antibodies against E. coli O157:H7 Shiga toxin 1 & 2 in CHO cells
  • Protozoan research in the areas of Cryptosporidium and microsporidia

Research Interests by Area

Infectious Diseases: Genetics and Genomics
  • Cryptosporidium genomics