Primary Practice Location:University Hospital 2500 N. State St. Jackson, MS 39216
Appointments: (888) 815-2005
Areas of Practice: Children's Infectious Disease
I am a pediatrician and malariologist whomoved to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) now almost 5 years agoas an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and Microbiology from the Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). I completed my fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at New York University/Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in New York, NY. It was during my fellowship that my interest in parasitology and global health led me to work in a lab at Cornell University on a malaria vaccine candidate. After fellowship, I continued on at NYU as junior faculty in Pediatrics and Medical Parasitology at which point I undertook researching the antimalarial activity of HIV drugs on liver stage malaria through a Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) award. I was then awarded a position inNIAID’s Transition Program in Clinical Research as an Assistant ClinicalInvestigator in the Laboratory for Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology. Duringmy 5 years at the NIH, I established a truly translational research program, having investigated the immunological and pharmacological effects of HIV drugs in animal and in vitro models of malaria infection as well as through clinical studies in Lilongwe, Malawi and Rakai District, Uganda. Currently, I continue work in this vein in an effort to elucidate the mechanism of HIV PI malaria parasite killing with collaborators at NIH. In parallel to this work, I have been working in Mississippi with CDC funding,surveying children for soil-transmitted helminth infections. It is with a desire to improve the health of the world’s most disadvantaged children, from Africa to our own backyard, that I continue my work.
Children's Infectious Disease