University of Maryland Summer Scholars Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Mark Travassos, MD, MSc
Summary of the Research Project:
Plasmodium falciparum is the most virulent Plasmodium species in the world and the principal human malaria-causing parasite associated with cerebral malaria pathogenesis. My research seeks to identify differentially expressed non-variant surface antigen genes within the P. falciparum genome that could contribute to immune evasion and sequestration of the parasite in tissue vasculature. Identification of differentially expressed parasite genes associated with cerebral malaria pathogenies could potentially inform the development of novel treatment methods or vaccine candidates.
B.S. Public Health Science Candidate, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
I am a current Senior at the University of Maryland—College Park pursuing a degree in Public Health Science. After my graduation in May, I hope to matriculate to medical school in the summer of 2023. In my free time, I enjoy playing baseball with the University of Maryland Club Baseball Team and paddle boarding.