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Jorge A. Banda
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Pediatrics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Banda?s research aims to design, test, and disseminate creative solutions to prevent and treat childhood obesity. His research focuses on two areas: 1) developing, evaluating, and disseminating community-based interventions to decrease sedentary behavior, increase physical activity, and prevent and treat obesity in children and 2) using accelerometers and innovative data analysis strategies to improve measures of sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity.
Barbara Baro Sastre
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My goal during my postdoc training is to develop a state-of-the-art CRISPR-Cas9-based genetic approach to explore the host?s contribution to the intra-erythrocytic cell cycle of P. falciparum malaria parasites. I hypothesize that there are multiple host genes that influence the ability of parasites to grow and develop within RBCs, the discovery of which could lead to the development of host-directed therapeutics for malaria.