Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Areas of Expertise
Genetics and genomics of drug resistance and virulence in the malaria parasite
A member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, Ferdig researches the evolution of drug resistant malaria parasites. He takes the emerging “systems biology” approach, focusing on the whole genome rather than seeking a single gene responsible for the parasite’s agile resistance to drugs. New tools enable the discovery of the gene’s network and background, allowing a multi-pronged approach to the problem. Understanding the genes in their dynamic contexts opens more opportunities for attacking a web of targets that could help defeat the disease.