Research

Research

As a member of Professor Dyann Wirth’s laboratory in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID) at the Harvard School of Public Health, we have developed a haplotype map of Plasmodium falciparum, a project undertaken with the Broad Institute. Using this map, field samples from Malawi will be used in genome-wide association studies to determine markers of disease. I am a senior scientist in the lab and create and maintain collaborations with the malaria community, development of overseas projects, and quality assurance for human subjects’ research. As a consultant pathologist for the Blantyre Malaria Project, I am involved in quantification of cerebral sequestration and a range of sub-projects in conjunction with Brigham and Women’s pathology residents and fellows. Working with 10 medical students from Malawi, I am exploring viral causes of cancer with Matthew Meyerson and Karl Munger of Harvard.

Teaching Activities
I teach clinical pathology residents for 6 weeks per quarter in mycobacteria and parasitology.  I have a series of teaching seminars in the Tuesday morning 8am teaching conference rotation within pathology. I participate in Summer Teaching Conferences, Surgical Pathology Teaching Conference, Clinical Pathology Conference and Surgical Pathology Update Conference. I have sessions with medical students on infectious disease pathology or clinical microbiology monthly. I am a principal instructor in the HST Pathology course and give one lecture in the course, Pathobiology of HIV/AIDS. I am the Associate Director for the HMS IMP (as of spring 2007) course (formerly IMID and Pathology) where I am charged with selecting, rewriting, and creating all of the laboratory sessions for this course and two lectures. I have previously lectured and currently proctor a course at HSPH which Professor Wirth and I, along with other members of the Harvard community (Drs. Ed Ryan of MGH and Jaime Maguire of BWH), are expanding into a certificate program in tropical medicine. As one of the senior scientists in Prof. Dyann Wirth’s laboratory at HPSH, I function as a resource for students and post-docs to discuss their projects, review and edit manuscripts, and assist with experimental issues. Personal mentorship in the lab included one student in the minority enrichment program (2006), two students from the Brigham and Women’s community outreach programs (2007-), a Harvard masters student (2008), and an HSPH rotation student (2008).

Clinical Activities
I perform 8 service weeks of autopsy per year, attend tri-weekly conference, and consult on infectious disease cases. I have a daily afternoon session for non-emergent infectious disease surgical consults. I perform clinical consultations with the infectious disease team including attendance at their Monday Infectious Disease Rounds. I have maintained a working relationship with the CDC and the Massachusetts State Lab for clinical consults. I am responsible for weekly virology sign outs from the BICS virology queue, Plate Rounds to discuss current cases with residents and clinical faculty, and microbiology laboratory management issues, specifically addressing issues related to Parasitology.