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DeAnna Friedman-Klabanoff

Contact Information:    

Training Program:

T32 Post-doctoral Fellowship in Vaccinology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship       


Matthew Laurens, MD, MPH; and
Miriam Laufer, MD, MPH


Brief Summary of Research Project:

The basis of my research is natural and vaccine-induced humoral immunity to the pre-erythrocytic stages of Plasmodium falciparum. I am working with Dr. Matthew Laurens on a Phase I trial of a new malaria vaccine candidate based on the full-length circumsporozoite protein, examining the safety, immunogenicity and preliminary efficacy against controlled human malaria infection. Leveraging samples from this trial, I will examine the humoral immune responses to this vaccine on a peptide microarray to determine if those protected from infection have different antibody responses to the vaccine than those who are not. I will also be utilizing the peptide array platform to examine natural immunity to the pre-erythrocytic stages of malaria and protection from infection in a cohort of children in Malawi for my Burroughs-Wellcome/ASTMH Postdoctoral Fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Miriam Laufer. The overall goal of these projects is to examine the fine specificity of pre-erythrocytic antibodies to refine future malaria vaccine efforts.


B.S., Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (w/ Distinction)

M.D., University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Residency, Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School

Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Maryland Medical School

Achievements and Honors:

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund/American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tropical Infectious Diseases (2019-2021)
  • Recipient, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (2019-present)
  • Elizabeth M. Smithwick Scholarship for achievement in Pediatrics, UWSMPH (2009)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society, UWSMPH AOA (2008)
  • Lewis E. and Edith Phillips Scholarship for academic achievement, UWSMPH (2008)
  • Lora L. Marshall Scholarship for academic achievement, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (2006)

About me:

I have a longstanding love of global health and have been able to pursue a wealth of global health opportunities throughout the course of my medical training and career. I worked in Uganda (Kampala and Mbarara) during medical school, Thailand (Chiang Mai) and Cambodia (Siem Reap) during residency, and Rwanda (Kigali) as a clinical instructor after residency. I will soon be adding Malawi to this list when I go to begin my Burroughs-Wellcome/ASTMH project. I love to travel and have been able to visit 20 countries over 5 continents (and counting!). My hobbies include photography, cooking, and baking. I currently live in Baltimore with my husband and 2-year-old daughter, who keeps me on my toes!