Cheryl Lobo, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Blood-Borne Parasites
Associate Member, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute
The Laboratory of Blood-Borne Parasites studies the mechanisms of invasion, intracellular development, multiplication and egress in three intra-erythrocytic parasites- Plasmodium falciparum, Babesia divergens and Babesia microti, using in vitro culture systems and rodent models of disease. Our interest focuses on host RBC receptors and parasite ligands and changes mediated by the parasite to the RBC, with the eventual goal of developing viable interventions to detect and halt transmission of these pathogens via blood transfusions.
- Jeny R. Cursino dos Santos, Ph.D. Assistant Member
- Marilis Rodriguez, BS Senior Research Assistant
- Manpreet Singh, MS Research Assistant
- USAID Leidos P010188250 PI: Lobo 09/2016 - 08/2019 "In Vitro growth inhibition studies"
- NIH R21AI131203 PI: Lobo 02/15/2017-– 01/31/2019 "Babesia: Extracellular Vesicles and their Role in Intercellular Communication"
- NIH R01 HL140625 An, Lobo, Westhoff (Multi-PI) 12/15/2017-11/30/2021 "Use of forward genetic approaches to identify Babesia receptors”