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Tracy Allen

Class 2010
Education BS, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Dr. Fidel Zavala

Current Position Teacher

The Friends School of Baltimore

Research Interests

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.