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Cryptosporidiosis, also known as "Crypto," is a parasitic disease caused by Cryptosporidium, a microscopic protozoan parasite. A diarrheal diseases, Cryptosporidiosis affects the intestines with an acute short-term infection and is found throughout the world. Crypto is typically spread through through contaminated water (the fecal-oral route). You can also acquire the parasite by eating raw foods contaminated with Cryptosporidium.

Wesley C. Van Voorhis, MD, PhD

There is a great need for new drugs for parasitic diseases, such as Malaria, African Sleeping Sickness, Chagas' disease, and Leishmaniasis.

Each year, these diseases sicken or kill over 200 million people. Though some pharmaceutical companies devote research effort to discover drugs to treat some of these diseases, there is little done given the need; the people with these parasitic diseases have little money to pay for medicine. The Van Voorhis research group uses emerging knowledge about the genomes of these parasites to aid in rational drug discovery.