Nicolas Brancucci

Nicolas joined the lab in 2014 and is a postdoctoral fellow. He wants to find out more about the intercellular communication pathways that mediate sexual differentiation in malaria parasites. Coming from Basel, Switzerland, he got his PhD at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.



Kassie Dantzler

Kassie joined the lab in 2012 and is a PhD student in the Biological Sciences of Public Health program. She is interested in Immunity to malaria transmission stages. Hailing from Montclair, NJ, she got her bachelors degree at Yale University in Connecticut.



Ilana Goldowitz

Ilana is a student in the Chemical Biology PhD program and joined the lab in 2010. She is interested in gaining a better understanding of the earliest events leading to the formation of malaria transmission stages. Originally from Tuscon, AZ and Rochester, NY, she got her bachelors degree at Cornell.




Daisy Hjelmqvist

Daisy joined the lab in 2013 as a visiting scientist and obtained a masters degree in medicinal chemistry at Stockholm University in Sweden. Daisy works on the development of a microfluidic platform for single cell imaging and drug screening. In addition she investigates the role of microvesicles in gametocyte differentiation.




Pierre-Yves Mantel

Pierre Yves joined the lab in 2007 and is a research associate. He studies the role of microvesicles in communication between parasites and with the host immune system. Originally from Fribourg, Switzlerland, he got his Masters degree at the University of Fribourg and his PhD at the University of Zurich.





Sandra Nilsson

Sandra joined the lab in 2012 and is a postdoctoral fellow. She is interested in mechanisms underlying gametocyte sequestration. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, she got her PhD at Karolinska Institutet.




Deepali Ravel

Deepali joined the lab in 2012 and is a student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program. She is interested in mechanisms underlying gametocyte remodeling and sequestration. Originally from Portland, OR and Austin, TX, she studied at MIT for her undergraduate degree.





Marina Ribeiro

Marina joined the lab in January 2014. She is a visiting student from Ricardo Gazzinelli’s lab at FIOCRUZ in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She is interested in mechanisms underlying gametocyte sequestration. Marina is working in our lab for a year before graduating.





Justin Zelin

Justin joined the lab in 2013 and is the Lab Manager. From the mean streets of Long Island, New York, he received his bachelors from Harvard University. His research focuses on novel malaria transmission stage quantification assays.



Lauren Childs

Lauren has collaborated with the lab since 2012 and is a postdoctoral fellow with Caroline Buckee in the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at HSPH. She uses mathematical approaches to study problems in infectious disease, in particular malaria. She is interested in how variation in both parasite traits and host immunology affects disease outcome and drives malaria transmission. Prior to coming to HSPH, Dr. Childs researched host-viral co-evolution as a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech and received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.



Former Lab Members


Mythili Aingaran

Mythili was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab and characterized structural and functional differentiation from the sexually committed ring to mature Stage V gametocyte.



Johan Ankarklev

Johan was a postdoctoral fellow and was interested in single cell transcriptional profiling as well as single cell imaging.



Kathrin Buchholz

Kathrin was a postdoctoral fellow. Her work involved identifying compounds that inhibit the formation of gametocytes and studying gametocyte commitment.





Thomas Burke

Tom joined the lab in 2007 and was the first member of the Marti Lab. He worked on developing transgenic parasite lines for gametocyte detection.




Kelly Dilorenzo

Kelly was a research assistant and worked on detailed characterization of the morphological changes during sexual development as well as gametocyte-specific antibody development.





Regina Joice

Regina was a graduate student in the lab and defended in 2013. Her thesis work focused on characterizing the process by which malaria transmission stages sequester during their development in the human host.






Sue Law

Sue was a postdoctoral fellow. She worked on developing platforms for parasite live imaging and growth.






Evan Meyer

Evan was our lab manager. His work focused on the application of transcriptional tools to detect and quantify parasite burden in patient blood.





Nicanor Obaldia-Rodriguez

Nicanor was a doctoral student in the lab and defended in 2013. He studied diversity of Panamanian malaria isolates and characterized Plasmodium vivax transmission stages.




Karell Pellé

Karell was a graduate student in the lab and defended in 2013. She analyzed protein trafficking and function in Plasmodium and other apicomplexan parasites. 

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