Ph.D. Utah State University 1986
Marc Laxer's prior professional experience was as a Navy Parasitologist. He served a two and one half year tour with Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2, Manila, Philippines as Department Head of Microbiology where duties included the supervision and training of local laboratory staff, medical research fellows, and the conduct of research into the immune response to human infection with Cryptosporidium parvum, an intestinal parasite.
His next assignment was as Staff Parasitologist in the Department of Infectious and Parasitic Disease Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C., where duties included participation in daily clinical case conferences, examination of parasitological specimens submitted to the Institute, and the establishment and conduct of a research project leading to the development of primers and probes for the detection of Cryptosporidium parvum by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). He also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, teaching parasitology labs to medical students.
His final assignment in the Navy was as Parasitology Instructor at the Navy Medicine in the Tropics Course conducted at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This course involved the teaching of parasitology lectures and labs to practicing Navy physicians. Included in the course was a two-week field clinical exercise held in remote areas of the Dominican Republic or Guyana.
On retirement from the Navy, he moved to Worcester, MA. For the academic years 1995-1996, he was Clinical Adjunct Professor and Course Director of Parasitology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA. Additionally, in 1996, he taught General Biology at Becker College, Worcester, MA.
Courses Dr. Laxer has taught include:
Anatomy & Physiology I and II lecture (BIO 221, 222) and laboratory (BIO 223, 224)
Human Parasitology BIO 411-04
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