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Marie-Pierre Hasne is a Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, USA. Her research has focused on a group of infectious diseases potentially lethal to humans and caused by a group of protozoan parasites including leishmania and trypanosomes. Using tools from cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology most of her work has revolved around membrane proteins known as transporters; these transporters allow parasites to scavenge nutrients from their hosts. She is also interested in the structural cellular changes that occur in the host upon parasite invasion and has recently initiated an investigation of these changes using electron and fluorescence microscopy. She holds a Pharm. D. degree from Claude Bernard University, Lyon France, and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Parasitology from Glasgow University. Her cross-disciplinary interests have also taken her into the realm of philosophy and she is in the process of gaining a PhD from the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.