Dr. Sara Lustigman, New York Blood Center. CDIPD collaborates with the Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology, headed by Sara Lustiman, Ph.D, in filarid parasites, specifically those that cause onchocerciasis, also known as "river blindness", and lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. The joint effort is focused, along with Anacor and Rahul Singh, in discovering new therapeutics to treat these diseases.
Dr. William Roush, Scripps Florida. CDIPD has been collaborating for years with the Roush laboratory, screening medicinal chemistry series targeting the proteases of T. brucei and T. cruzi in vitro and in vivo. More recently, this collaboration has been extended to include optimization of novel compounds targeting the ergosterol biosynthetic pathway, specifically CYP51, sterol 14-demethylase.