Jacob is a research scientist 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 has joined the malaria research community, examining genomics of human hosts, parasites, and mosquito vectors.
Annie Laws is the project manager for a Gates-funded project to develop molecular surveillance systems for malaria parasites and mosquitoes in Guyana and Colombia.
Zack is the lab manager, and he also runs and optimizes amplicon sequencing panels for malaria parasites and Anopheles mosquitoes. He also gets things down from the top shelves.
Paulo will optimize a multiplexed amplicon sequencing protocol for Plasmodium vivax and apply it to thousands of samples from South America to understand local malari atransmission and epidemiology for his thesis project.
Ruchit has a background in astrophysics. He develops analysis approaches for Illumina amplicon sequencing data and supports bioinformatic analysis pipelines that support diverse projects.
Emily is studying how selective pressures from mosquitoes and acquired immune responses in humans influence malaria parasite genetic diversity
Philipp is interested in novel methods of genomic data generation and interpretation to understand P. falciparum and P. vivax biology and biogeography. He completed his PhD in 2020 with Dr. Martin Llewellyn at the University of Glasgow, studying the evolutionary genomics of Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania infantum parasites in South America.
Raquel is working on the development of Illumina-based amplicon sequencing assays to to generate diverse data about mosquitoes and inform malaria vectror control.
Auden works on mosquito comparative genomics and molecular evolution.
Alex extracts DNA from malaria-infected blood samples and mosquitoes, and will help us develop and optimize new genetic assays.
Mathieu conducts spatial genomic analyses to elucidate parasite and vector population structure.
Jason works on analysis of Illumina whole genome sequencing data and amplicon sequencing data, and is interested in translational applications of genomics for public health.
Akanksha works on the curation and interpretation of genetic data from malaria vaccine studies, and contributes to the development of bioinformatic analysis pipelines serving diverse projects.
Angela uses computational genetic approaches to understand how fitness tradeoffs and disease interventions shape the short-term evolutionary dynamics of Plasmodium and mosquitoes.
Sabrina helps process thousands of malaria clinical samples for genomic analysis. She is conducting an independent project to profile mosquito nectar feeding behavior using Illumina amplicon sequencing of a chloroplast barcoding gene.