UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Jamie Norris

Norris is studying apicomplexan parasites, specifically Sarcocystis neurona, EPM’s primary causative agent.

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Name: Jamie Norris
From: Roswell, Georgia
Degree and institution where received: BS in Animal Science with an equine specialty, University of Kentucky

Jamie Norris worked in information technology for 10 years; he discovered his interest in research during his undergraduate studies. He chose the University of Kentucky (UK), more specifically the Gluck Equine Research Center, for his doctoral program because he wanted to use his experience with computers to study equine parasitology.

“In this field, the University of Kentucky has many resources simply found nowhere else,” Norris said.

Currently under the direction of Dan Howe, PhD, professor and molecular parasitologist at the Gluck Center, Norris is researching apicomplexan parasites, specifically Sarcocystis neurona, which is a unicellular eukaryote found in possums. S. neurona is the primary cause of the neurologic disease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (better known as EPM) in horses

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