Michael White A-4978-2012

Michael White, Ph.D.

Distinguished USF Health Professor, Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine

Contact Info USF Infectious Disease Research
12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd, MDC84
Tampa FL 33612

Academic Email: mwhite3@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone:(813) 974-8411

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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry, University of Washington, 1988
  • PHD, Microbiolgy, Oregon State University, 1984
  • BA, Microbiology, San Jose State University, 1978

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease

Research Interests

  • Research in the White laboratory is focused on how the malaria-related protozoa, Toxoplasma gondii, grows and develops in its human host. T. gondii is an environmental pathogen of the central nervous system (class B bioterrorism agent), which causes an often fatal disease in people who are immunocompromised. Projects in our laboratory focus on how these parasites interact with their host cell to produce new progeny and establish persistent infections. Our studies employ a diverse and extensive array of genetic and biochemical approaches with special emphasis on whole-cell strategies that enable a global understanding of the biochemical pathways involved in parasite growth and development. From forward genetic approaches that allow essential protein factors to be identified by genetic complementation to cataloging gene clusters within the whole-cell transcriptome that are responsible for transduction of the parasite cell division cycle, we are uncovering novel pathways that hold the key to important parasite biology.

Recent Publications

  • Engelberg K, Ivey FD, Lin A, Kono M, Lorestani A, Faugno-Fusci D, Gilberger TW, White M, Gubbels MJ. A MORN1-associated HAD phosphatase in the basal complex is essential for Toxoplasma gondii daughter budding. Cellular Microbiology. 18(8) : 1153-71, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26840427
  • Bissati K, E, Suvorova E, S, Xiao H, Lucas O, Upadhya R, Ma Y, F, Angeletti R, H, White M, W, Weiss L, M, Kim K, . Toxoplasma gondii arginine methyltransferase 1 (PRMT1) regulates centrosome dynamics during tachyzoite cell division mBio. : in press, 2016.
  • Sugi T, Ma YF, Tomita T, Murakoshi F, Eaton MS, Yakubu R, Han B, Tu V, Kato K, Kawazu S, Gupta N, Suvorova ES, White MW, Kim K, Weiss LM. Toxoplasma gondii Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinase Subunit 3 Is Involved in the Switch from Tachyzoite to Bradyzoite Development. mBio. 7(3) , 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27247232
  • Attar N. Parasite biology: Dual-core centrosomes power cell division. Nature reviews. Microbiology. 13(5) : 252, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25798750
  • Suvorova ES, Francia M, Striepen B, White MW. A novel bipartite centrosome coordinates the apicomplexan cell cycle. PLoS biology. 13(3) : e1002093, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25734885
  • Lorenzi H, Khan A, Behnke M, S, Liu L, Namasivayam S, Seshadri S, Hadjithomas M, Karamycheva S, Pinney D, Brunk B, Ajioka J, Azjenberg D, Boothroyd J, C, Boyle J, Darde M, L, Dubey J, P, Grigg M, Howe D, Kim K, Rosenthal B, Saeij J, Su C, L, White M, Zhu XQ Parkinson J, Kissinger J, C, Roos D, S, Sibley L, D. . Local admixture of amplified and diversified secreted pathogenesis determinants shapes mosaic Toxoplasma gondii genomes. Nature Communications. 7: doi:10.1038/ncomms10147, 2015.
  • Vinayak, S., Brooks, C. F., Naumov, A., Suvorova, E. S., White, M. W., and Striepen, B. Genetic manipulation of Toxoplasma gondii genome using fosmid recombineering. mBio. 5(6) : e02021, 2014.
  • Croken, M. M., Qiu, W., White, M. W., Kim, K. Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) of Toxoplasma gondii Expression Datasets Links Cell Cycle Progression and the Bradyzoite Developmental Program BMC Genomics. (15) : 515, 2014.
  • Suvorova, E. S. and White, M. W. Key roles for RNA metabolism in the parasite cell cycle Current Opinion in Microbiology. (20) : 82-87, 2014.
  • Brown KM, Suvorova E, Farrell A, McLain A, Dittmar A, Wiley GB, Marth G, Gaffney PM, Gubbels MJ, White M, Blader IJ. Forward genetic screening identifies a small molecule that blocks Toxoplasma gondii growth by inhibiting both host- and parasite-encoded kinases. PLoS pathogens. 10(6) : e1004180, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24945800
  • White MW, Radke JR, Radke JB. Toxoplasma development - turn the switch on or off? Cellular microbiology. 16(4) : 466-72, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24438211
  • Butler CL, Lucas O, Wuchty S, Xue B, Uversky VN, White M. Identifying novel cell cycle proteins in apicomplexa parasites through co-expression decision analysis. PloS one. 9(5) : e97625, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24841368
  • Radke J, Lucas O, DeSilva E, Llinas M, Weiss L, M, and White M, W. An AP2 transcription factor restricts development of the Toxoplasma tissue cyst. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science U.S.A.. , 2013.
  • Suvorova ES, Croken M, Kratzer S, Ting LM, de Felipe MC, Balu B, Markillie ML, Weiss LM, Kim K, White MW. Discovery of a splicing regulator required for cell cycle progression. PLoS genetics. 9(2) : e1003305, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23437009
  • Radke JB, Lucas O, De Silva EK, Ma Y, Sullivan WJ, Weiss LM, Llinas M, White MW. ApiAP2 transcription factor restricts development of the Toxoplasma tissue cyst. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 110(17) : 6871-6, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23572590
  • Suvorova E, S, Radke J, B, Ting L, M, Vinayak S, Alvarez C, A, Kratzer S, Kim K, Striepen B, and White M, W. A nucleolar ATPase is required for parasite division. Molecular Microbiology. 90(2) : 338-55, 2013.
  • Suvorova ES, Radke JB, Ting LM, Vinayak S, Alvarez CA, Kratzer S, Kim K, Striepen B, White MW. A nucleolar AAA-NTPase is required for parasite division. Molecular microbiology. 90(2) : 338-55, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23964771
  • Sheiner, L. Piester, J., Poulsen, N., Beatty, W. , Behnke, M., Lucas, O. , Kroger, N., White, M.W., Striepen, B. In silico investigation and in vivo characterization of proteins of the T. gondii apicoplast PLoS Pathogens. 12: e1002392, 2011.
  • Suvorova, E. S., Lehmann, M.W., Kratzer, S., White, M.W. Nuclear actin-related protein is required for chromosome segregation in Toxoplasma gondii Molecular Biochemical Parasitology. 181: 7-16, 2011.
  • Gaji, R., Behnke, M.S., Lehmann, M.M., White, M.W., and Carruthers, V.B. Parasite egress and invasion are tied to early G1 to ensure efficient cell-to-cell transmission. Mol. Microbiol.. 79: 192-204, 2011.
  • Amit Bahl, A., Davis, P.H., Behnke, M., Dzierszinski, F., Jagalur, M., Chen, F. Dhanasekaran Shanmugam, D., White, M., Kulp, D. and Roos, D. S. A novel multifunctional oligonucleotide microarray for Toxoplasma gondii. BMC Genomics. 11: 603-607, 2010.
  • Szatanek, T., Anderson-White, B. R., White, M. W., Saeij, J., Gubbels, M. J. Cactin is essential for G1 progression in Toxoplasma gondii Molecular Microbiology. 79(1) : 192-204, 2010.
  • Behnke, M., Wootton, J., Lehmann, M., Radke, J.B., Lucas, O., Nawas, J., Sibley, L. D., and White, M. W. Coordinated progression through two subtranscriptomes underlies the tachyzoite cycle of Toxoplasma gondii. [FF10a rating by Faculty of 1000] PLoS One. pii: e12354, 2010.
  • Asis Khan, A. Behnke, M.S., Dunay, I.R., White, M.W., and Sibley, L.D. Phenotypic and gene expression changes among type I strains of Toxoplasma gondii. Eurkaryotic Cell. 8(12) : 1828-1836, 2009.
  • Gubbels MJ, Lehmann M, Muthalagi M, Jerome ME, Brooks CF, Szatanek T, Flynn J, Parrot B, Radke J, Striepen B, White MW. Forward genetic analysis of the apicomplexan cell division cycle in Toxoplasma gondii. [FF10a rating by Faculty of 1000] PLoS pathogens. 4(2) : e36, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18282098
  • Behnke MS, Radke JB, Smith AT, Sullivan WJ, White MW. The transcription of bradyzoite genes in Toxoplasma gondii is controlled by autonomous promoter elements. Molecular microbiology. 68(6) : 1502-18, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18433450
  • Gubbels, M., White, M.W., and Szatanek, T. The cell cycle and control of Toxoplasma division: tightly knit or loosely stitched. Int. J. Parasitol.. 38(12) : 1343-1358, 2008.
  • Conde de Felipe MM, Lehmann MM, Jerome ME, White MW. Inhibition of Toxoplasma gondii growth by pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate is cell cycle specific and leads to population synchronization. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 157(1) : 22-31, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17976834
  • Saeij JP, Coller S, Boyle JP, Jerome ME, White MW, Boothroyd JC. Toxoplasma co-opts host gene expression by injection of a polymorphic kinase homologue. [FF17a rating by Faculty of 1000] Nature. 445(7125) : 324-7, 2007. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17183270
  • Boyle JP, Rajasekar B, Saeij JP, Ajioka JW, Berriman M, Paulsen I, Roos DS, Sibley LD, White MW, Boothroyd JC. Just one cross appears capable of dramatically altering the population biology of a eukaryotic pathogen like Toxoplasma gondii. [FF8a rating by Faculty of 1000] Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 103(27) : 10514-9, 2006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16801557
  • Radke JR, Donald RG, Eibs A, Jerome ME, Behnke MS, Liberator P, White MW. Changes in the expression of human cell division autoantigen-1 influence Toxoplasma gondii growth and development. PLoS pathogens. 2(10) : e105, 2006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17069459
  • Taylor, S., Barragan, A., Su, C., Fux, B., Fentress, S., Tang, K., Beatty, W.L., El Hajj, H., Jerome, M., Behnke, M. S., White, M.W., Wootton, J.C., and Sibley, L.D. A secreted serine-threonine kinase determines virulence in the eukaryotic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii. [FF14a rating by Faculty of 1000] Science. 314: 1776-1780, 2006.
  • Radke JR, Behnke MS, Mackey AJ, Radke JB, Roos DS, White MW. The transcriptome of Toxoplasma gondii. BMC biology. 3: 26, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16324218
  • White MW, Jerome ME, Vaishnava S, Guerini M, Behnke M, Striepen B. Genetic rescue of a Toxoplasma gondii conditional cell cycle mutant. Molecular microbiology. 55(4) : 1060-71, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15686554
  • Guerini MN, Behnke MS, White MW. Biochemical and genetic analysis of the distinct proliferating cell nuclear antigens of Toxoplasma gondii. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 142(1) : 56-65, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15878790
  • Radke JR, Gubbels MJ, Jerome ME, Radke JB, Striepen B, White MW. Identification of a sporozoite-specific member of the Toxoplasma SAG superfamily via genetic complementation. Molecular microbiology. 52(1) : 93-105, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15049813
  • Mitzel DN, Weisend CM, White MW, Hardy ME. Translational regulation of rotavirus gene expression. The Journal of general virology. 84(Pt 2) : 383-91, 2003. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12560571
  • Radke JR, Guerini MN, Jerome M, White MW. A change in the premitotic period of the cell cycle is associated with bradyzoite differentiation in Toxoplasma gondii. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 131(2) : 119-27, 2003. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14511810
  • Striepen B, White MW, Li C, Guerini MN, Malik SB, Logsdon JM, Liu C, Abrahamsen MS. Genetic complementation in apicomplexan parasites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 99(9) : 6304-9, 2002. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11959921
  • Kvaal CA, Radke JR, Guerini MN, White MW. Isolation of a Toxoplasma gondii cyclin by yeast two-hybrid interactive screen. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 120(2) : 187-94, 2002. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11897124
  • Radke JR, Striepen B, Guerini MN, Jerome ME, Roos DS, White MW. Defining the cell cycle for the tachyzoite stage of Toxoplasma gondii. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 115(2) : 165-75, 2001. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11420103
  • Radke JR, Guerini MN, White MW. Toxoplasma gondii: characterization of temperature-sensitive tachyzoite cell cycle mutants. Experimental parasitology. 96(3) : 168-77, 2000. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11162367
  • Guerini MN, Que X, Reed SL, White MW. Two genes encoding unique proliferating-cell-nuclear-antigens are expressed in Toxoplasma gondii. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 109(2) : 121-31, 2000. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10960171
  • Radke JR, White MW. Expression of herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase in Toxoplasma gondii attenuates tachyzoite virulence in mice. Infection and immunity. 67(10) : 5292-7, 1999. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10496908
  • Radke JR, White MW. A cell cycle model for the tachyzoite of Toxoplasma gondii using the Herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 94(2) : 237-47, 1998. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9747974
  • Jerome ME, Radke JR, Bohne W, Roos DS, White MW. Toxoplasma gondii bradyzoites form spontaneously during sporozoite-initiated development. Infection and immunity. 66(10) : 4838-44, 1998. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9746587
  • Bohne W, Hunter CA, White MW, Ferguson DJ, Gross U, Roos DS. Targeted disruption of the bradyzoite-specific gene BAG1 does not prevent tissue cyst formation in Toxoplasma gondii. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 92(2) : 291-301, 1998. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9657333
  • White MW, Radke JR. Methods to prepare RNA and to isolate developmentally regulated genes from Eimeria. Methods (San Diego, Calif.). 13(2) : 158-70, 1997. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9405199
  • Tilley M, Fichera ME, Jerome ME, Roos DS, White MW. Toxoplasma gondii sporozoites form a transient parasitophorous vacuole that is impermeable and contains only a subset of dense-granule proteins. Infection and immunity. 65(11) : 4598-605, 1997. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9353039
  • Clark TG, Abrahamsen MS, White MW. Developmental expression of heat shock protein 90 in Eimeria bovis. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 78(1-2) : 259-63, 1996. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8813695
  • Abrahamsen MS, Johnson RR, Hathaway M, White MW. Identification of Eimeria bovis merozoite cDNAs using differential mRNA display. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 71(2) : 183-91, 1995. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7477100
  • Abrahamsen MS, Clark TG, White MW. An improved method for isolating RNA from coccidian oocysts. The Journal of parasitology. 81(1) : 107-9, 1995. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7876962
  • Severson WE, Mascolo PL, White MW. Lymphocyte p56L32 is a RNA/DNA-binding protein which interacts with conserved elements of the murine L32 ribosomal protein mRNA. European journal of biochemistry / FEBS. 229(2) : 426-32, 1995. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7744065
  • Speer CA, Tilley M, Temple ME, Blixt JA, Dubey JP, White MW. Sporozoites of Toxoplasma gondii lack dense-granule protein GRA3 and form a unique parasitophorous vacuole. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 75(1) : 75-86, 1995. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8720177
  • Abrahamsen MS, Johnson RR, Jutila MA, Speer CA, White MW. Eimeria bovis: expression of a related group of refractile body-associated proteins during schizogony. Experimental parasitology. 78(3) : 331-5, 1994. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8162964
  • Abrahamsen MS, Johnson RR, Clark TG, White MW. Developmental regulation of an Eimeria bovis mRNA encoding refractile body-associated proteins. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 68(1) : 25-34, 1994. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7891745
  • Abrahamsen MS, Clark TG, Mascolo P, Speer CA, White MW. Developmental gene expression in Eimeria bovis. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 57(1) : 1-14, 1993. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8426605
  • White MW, Shatry AM, Jutila MA, Speer CA. Biochemical and ultrastructural observations of coccidian parasite and host cell interactions. Sub-cellular biochemistry. 18: 365-83, 1992. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1485357

Positions Held

  • Distinguished USF Health Professor (Center for Global Health & Infectious Disease, College of Public Health, University of South Florida 2018 - 2018)
  • Distinguished USF Health Professor (Department of Global Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida 2016 - 2018)
  • Deputy Director (Florida Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation, University of South Florida 2011 - 2016)
  • Professor (Veterinary Molecular Biology, Montana State University 2001 - 2009)
  • Affiliate WWAMI Professor (Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington 2003 - 2009)
  • Visiting Professor (Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania 1996 - 2004)
  • Associate Professor (Veterinary Molecular Biology, Montana State University 1994 - 2001)
  • Assistant Professor (Veterinary Molecular Biology, Montana State University 1988 - 1994)
  • Research Assistant & Professor (Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington 1988 - 1988)
  • Senior Fellow (Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington 1984 - 1987)