|Education||BS, University of Maryland Baltimore County|
The Friends School of Baltimore
Malaria, a leading cause of death in tropical and subtropical regions, represents a serious public health concern. The Plasmodium parasite undergoes multiple lifecycle stages within the host, necessitating a complex immunological response to develop protection. CD8+T cells have been shown to mediate a response to malarial infection however CD8+T cells alone are not able to confer complete protection therefore further exploration in the area of non CD8+T cell mediated immunity is critical to development of effective preventative measures. My project focuses on identification of non-CD8+ T cell mechanisms of immunity to infection with malaria parasites by blocking the liver development stages.