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Red blood cells infected with mature P. falciparum parasites

Lab News

Egan lab moves to a larger research space

September 22, 2017

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!

Bikash presents at the Molecular Parasitology Meeting

September 12, 2017

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!

Elizabeth receives a grant from Stanford CHRI

June 23, 2017

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 receives a postdoctoral award from Stanford CHRI

February, 2017

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!

Christian Nguetse joins the lab

January, 2017

Christian 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. Welcome Christian!