Natasha is a physician scientist with a focus on sickle-cell disease
Allan works towards defining the molecular and evolutionary steps towards the adaptation of P. falciparum from primate to human red blood cells, within the human population
Debanjan works on understanding red-blood-cell (RBC) determinants that dictate P. falciparum parasite virulence.
Sheena‘s scientific background is firmly rooted in parasite molecular biology and biochemistry. Most of her lab time is spent trying to understand the complex mechanism underlying tropism and invasion pathways employed by Plasmodium vivax and its primate sibling P. cynomolgi. Outside of work, Sheena likes checking off destinations from her travel bucket list, experiencing varied cultures and cuisines.
Usheer is interested in understanding the interactions between parasites and host red blood cells that are involved in the process of invasion and is currently working to identify host receptors of P. vivax using host genetic and proteomic approaches. When not in the lab, Usheer enjoys spending as much time outdoors, running, hiking and occasionally even gardening.
Cyrianne is a graduate student enrolled in the BPH program. She is currently studying the molecular mechanisms underlying Plasmodium invasion of erythrocytes.
Manish is trying to understand the epigenetic regulation of the malaria parasite. When not studying or working in the lab, Manish likes to hike, run along the Charles river, play volleyball and watch movies.
Mahmoud’s background is in hematology and transfusion medicine. Using forward and reverse genetics tools, rare blood group phenotypes and naturally occurring polymorphisms, he currently focuses on elucidating interactions between different red blood cell receptors for Plasmodium invasion and identifying novel host-parasite interactions. Besides his love for medical sciences, Mahmoud is also passionate about architecture and interior design. He enjoys traveling and exploring new places.
Aditya studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms that guide malaria parasites from an infected host cell to a new cell for re-infection and proliferation. When not thinking about malaria biology (and also sometimes when doing so), he enjoy penning tunes inspired by his dog.
Jacob is a research associate in the Duraisingh and Neafsey labs. His background is in computational evolutionary genetics across numerous species including snails, strawberries, frogs, and humans. At HSPH he is joining the malaria research community, examining genomics of hosts and parasites. In his spare time Jacob likes to bike, play the piano, and share his love of science on the internet.