Medical Scientist Training Program & Graduate Program in Life Sciences –
PhD Epidemiology and Human Genetics
Mark Travassos, MD, MSc
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.
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
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!