New publication and fellowship awards
Our paper entitled “Beyond Hemoglobin: Screening for malaria host
factors” is accepted for publication in Trends in Genetics. Read more here!
Christian receives postdoctoral award from Stanford CHRI.
Congratulations, Christian! Bikash receives a T32 training grant slot on
the Pediatric Hematology grant “Training in Pediatric Nonmalignant
Hematology and Stem cell Biology” (1T32DK098132-01A1). Congratulations,
Sharing our research
Elizabeth delivers Keynote talk at Johns Hopkins “Future of Malaria” Meeting, in Baltimore, MD.
New lab space
We have relocated a few doors down the hall to Grant 308. The new lab
has two more benches, plus a dedicated tissue culture room. We are
excited to have more space to do more science!
Sharing our research
Bikash presented his work entitled, "Investigating the function of erythrocyte CD55 during Plasmodium falciparum invasion using CRISPR-Cas9" at the 28th annual Molecular Parasitology Meeting in Woods Hole, MA. This work demonstrates the utility of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing for exploring the complex roles of CD55 and other host factors in mediating parasite invasion. Congratulations Bikash!
New grant awarded
Stanford's Child Health Research Institute has awarded a Pilot Early Career award to Dr. Egan entitled, "Investigating the relationship between natural malaria resistace and genetic blood disorders." This project is a collaboration with Emily Ebel, an evolutionary biologist in Dmitri Petrov's group. It will explore how mutations with positive effects for malaria resistance, but negative effects for blood cell stability, are maintained at high frequencies in African populations. We are currently recruiting healthy volunteers with African ancestry to donate blood for this project--find out more here!
Bàrbara has been awarded postdoctoral support from Stanford's Child Health Research Institute for her proposal entitled, "Discovering essential host factors for Plasmodium falciparum malaria." Her work will combine proteomics, CRISPR-Cas9, and hematopoeitic stell cell differentiation to identify new host-parasite interactions during blood stage malaria. Congratulations Bàrbara!
Welcoming a new lab member
Christian Nguetse joins us from the Velavan group at at University of Tübingen,
Germany, where he worked in the Institute of Tropical Medicine. He
brings experience working on host and parasite factors that incluence
malaria and treatment outcomes in African children. In our lab, he will
be extending his work in red blood cell receptors, including CD55.