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Parasites Preserved

Story by Salma Warshanna-Sparklin • Photography by Chris Myers

Clive Shiff, PhD, MSc, has been teaching about tropical parasitic diseases at the Bloomberg School since 1985. Most institutions now rely on textbook illustrations of parasites. But Shiff, an associate professor in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, prefers using these specimens preserved in glass vials and cases—some at least 50 years old. He still asks students to sketch the samples. “You see more when you draw what you’re looking at,” Shiff insists.


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