Graduate Program in Life Sciences: Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Joana Carneiro da Silva
Summary of the Research Project:
The focus of my thesis research is to identify gene expression patterns and immune cell populations that contribute to malaria susceptibility. I am interested in investigating how a primary Schistosoma haematobium parasitic infection affects the immune response to a secondary Plasmodium falciparum infection. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how co-infection affects the acquisition and maintenance of sustained memory B and T cell immune responses to malaria infection in Malian children. I am also interested in identifying host factors that lead to differential susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum infection in Malian children with varying susceptibility to clinical malaria disease.
B.S. in Cell Biology and Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park
Achievements and Honors:
- Meyerhoff Graduate Fellow
- UMB Graduate Research Conference Poster Session winner
I was born and raised in Malawi and moved to Baltimore, Maryland USA in 2006. In my free time, I enjoy lifting, trying new vegan restaurants, walking, hiking, and sleeping.