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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 George Dimopoulos, Bill Moss, Sean Prigge, and Photini Sinnis. Discussions also occur when JHMRI faculty meet every two to three months.

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.

George Dimopoulos, PhD, MBA

Professor, 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).

William Moss, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Program Director of the Southern & Central Africa International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR)
Deputy Director, JHMRI

Moss earned his MD in 1984 and his MPH in Epidemiology in 1995 at Columbia University.� He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 1988 and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1999.� Moss led the International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) of Southern Africa from 2010 - 2017 and has led the ICEMR of Southern and Central Africa since 2017. � He oversees the field work at Macha Research Trust in Zambia.

Sean Prigge, PhD

Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Deputy Director, JHMRI
Director of Biophysics Core

He earned his Ph.D. in Biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997 and currently oversees the Biophysics Core Facility in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Prigge lab works on biophysical studies of malaria apicoplast and mitochondrial proteins.

Photini Sinnis, MD

Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Deputy Director, JHMRI

She 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.

Former Deputy Directors

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 has worked on the immunology of malaria parasite infections since 1981.