Research

Amy is currently a research fellow in the laboratory of Professor Dyann Wirth.  Amy is based in Senegal and is affiliated with the International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research, West Africa (ICEMR-WAF). Her current research focuses on the impact of genetic diversity on immunity and pathogenesis of P. falciparum malaria.

A graduate of Harvard College, Amy majored in biochemstry and performed her undergraduate honors thesis in the field of P. berghei gametocytogenesis.  After graduating, Amy spent a year in Tanzania at the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences in Dar es Salaam as a Fulbright scholar studying Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance and invasion.  Amy has studied P. falciparum merozoite invasion and immune mediated mechanisms of invasion inhibition in both Boston and Senegal as a PhD student in the laboratory of Professor Manoj Duraisingh and has developed a novel method of conducting reverse genetics in the human erythrocyte to test the role of erythrocyte polymorphisms on Plasmodium invasion and growth.