My current research is in the Division
of Malaria Research at the University of Maryland,
Baltimore, Institute for Global Health. There, I work under Dr.
Christopher Plowe on various aspects of malaria
immunology and transmission. I was initially hired to provide
entomological expertise for the group, as there had never been
an entomologist there before. However, my mosquito-based
projects are still getting off the ground. Luckily, I was able
to find a home with the serology group working on aspects of
human serology related to malaria control. We use both
whole-protein and short peptide arrays to measure the human
antibody response to malaria and related antigens, allowing us
to measure the immune response of people to these antigens for
predicting vaccine efficacy and as markers of exposure.
Additionally, my work with this group has allowed me to gain
further field experience. Our group works with local
scientists in Mali, Malawi, Myanmar, and other malaria-endemic
countries in order to build capacity and provide access to
quality samples. I was able to go to Malawi for a month in
order to work with the entomology team at the Blantyre Malaria
Project and gain more experience working in a field setting. I
hope to travel to Myanmar soon to help them increase their
ability to perform mosquito surveillance as part of their
malaria control program.