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Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute

Leadership

Originally directed by Diane Griffin, Peter Agre was recruited to direct JHMRI in January 2008.

Decisions are made after monthly meetings with Deputy-Directors Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, Fidel Zavala, George Dimopoulos, and Photini Sinnis. Discussions also occur when the whole JHMRI faculty meet every 2nd month.

Peter Agre, MD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Director, JHMRI

He was previously Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1992-05), Vice Chancellor for Science and Technology at Duke Medical Center (2005-07), and he served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009-10). In 2003 Agre shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of the aquaporin water channels.

Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, PhD

Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Deputy-Director, JHMRI

From 1977 to 2003 he served on the faculty in the Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2003 he has been a Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Malaria Research Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2009 he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Fidel Zavala, MD

Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Deputy Director, JHMRI

He joined the faculty at New York University School of Medicine in 1983, and became Professor in 1999. He works on immunology of malaria parasite infections since 1981.

George Dimopoulos, PhD, MBA

Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Deputy Director, JHMRI

He received his PhD from the University of Crete (1991-96) and postdoctoral training from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (1996-01). He was a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London (2001-03) prior to joining the JHMRI. He was a Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar (2004-07).

Photini Sinnis, MD

Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Deputy Director, JHMRI

Sinnis earned her MD from Dartmouth Medical School in 1988 and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Before joining the JHMRI she was an Associate Professor at New York University School of Medicine in the Department of Medical Parasitology and Department of Medicine.