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Albert Zhou

Contact Information:

albert.zhou@som.umaryland.edu

Training Program:

Medical Scientist Training Program & Graduate Program in Life Sciences –
PhD Epidemiology and Human Genetics

Mentor(s):

Mark Travassos, MD, MSc

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Summary of the Research Project:

Severe malaria has a significant case fatality rate and disproportionately affects young children in sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of my project is to understand how small proteins called RIFINs that are expressed on the surface of infected erythrocytes play a role in severe malaria pathogenesis, particularly for different blood types, and become targets in naturally acquired immunity. Little is known about RIFINs, and a better understanding of their involvement in severe malaria pathogenesis and immunity may aid efforts in designing vaccines to protect children and travelers from the deadliest consequences of malaria.

Education:

BA in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Post-Baccalaureate Fellow - Intramural Research Training Awardee, National Institutes of Health

Achievements and Honors:

  • Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Scholar
  • Meyerhoff Graduate Fellow
  • UMSOM Lightbulb Moment Competition Finalist
  • Member, Malaria Research Program Website Steering Committee

About me:

Hi! Thanks for reading my profile. I am currently an MD/PhD student – I went to UMBC for college and hail from Montgomery County, Maryland. I have been trying to break a record of how many years a person can stay in school, as I am afraid of real life and actual responsibilities. I live in Pigtown, about a 10-minute walk from school, and love Baltimore. The city is 'just the right size' and feels like University of Maryland's efforts has a deep impact in this community. When not in lab, you can find me at the gym or at pickles!