Merryn will be using genetic approaches to explore and discover human proteins which are important during malaria infection.
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.
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.