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Past Seminars

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Winter/Spring 2018 Malaria Friday Seminars - Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

19-Jan-18David Sullivan (BSPH) "Selection of new liver stage malaria drugs: Horse pills or gut-liver recirculation"W2008
26-Jan-18Ben Zaitchik (JHU) "An environmentally-informed malaria risk warning system for the western Amazon"W2008
2-Feb-18no seminar; MMI Student Recruitment --
9-Feb-18Monique Stins (BSPH) “Cerebral Malaria Pathogenesis: how a parasite can communicate neurological dysfunctrion”W2008
16-Feb-18Chandy John (Indiana University) "What causes cognitive impairment after severe malaria?"W2008
23-Feb-18Rahul Bakshi (JHSOM, Shapiro Lab) "Long-acting injectable atovaquone nanomedicines for malaria prophylaxis"W2008
2-Mar-18Sethu Nair (BSPH, Prigge Lab) "A novel lipoate ligase enzyme mediating acetylCoA generation in human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum"*W3008*
9-Mar-18Kristin Poti (BSPH, Sullivan Lab) "Investigating the in vivo kinetics of the P. falciparum histidine rich protein 2"W2008
16-Mar-18Akhil Vaidya (Drexel University) "New Antimalarials that Disrupt Ion and Lipid Homeostasis"W2008
23-Mar-18Ashraful Haque (QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute) “Using single-cell genomics and mathematical modelling to explore host/parasite interactions during blood-stage Plasmodium infection”W2008
30-Mar-18Hannah MacLeod (BSPH, Dimopoulos Lab) "There's more than one way to kill a mosquito: exploring the broad entomopathogenic activity of chromobacteria"W2008
6-Apr-18Marisa Hast (BSPH, Moss) "The impact of targeted IRS, vector dynamics, and population movement on malaria in a high-transmission setting in northern Zambia"W2008
13-Apr-18Socrates Herrera (Caucaseco Scientific Research Center - Cali, Colombia) "Sterile protection of human volunteers immunized with Plasmodium vivax radiation-attenuated sporozoites"W2008
20-Apr-18Gary Ward (University of Vermont) "New Approaches to Understanding How Toxoplasma Tachyzoites Move"W2008
27-Apr-18no seminar the week of World Malaria Day  --
4-May-18Gaspar Canepa (NIAID) “The Good, the Bad, and the Loop: Epitope Mapping of Plasmodium falciparum Pfs47 Reveals a Novel Malaria Transmission-Blocking Target”W2008
11-May-18Sung-Jae Cha (BSPH, Jacobs-Lorena) "Molecular characterization of the ligand receptor interaction between Plasmodium sporozoites and liver cells leads to identification of novel strategies for protection against malarial death"W2008

Jacquin Niles (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) "A scalable chemical genetics platform for antimalarial drug target identification"

25-May-18Memorial Day weekend; no seminar --

Fall 2017 Malaria Friday Seminar series - Fridays 4:00 p.m.


Sabra Klein (BSPH)
"Sex differences in malaria vaccine efficacy depend on age"

15-Sep-17no JHMRI seminar the week of the Molecular Parasitology MeetingW2008

Conor McMeniman (BSPH)
"Neural Circuitry Mediating Mosquito CO2 Detection"

29-Sep-17Mike Povelones (University of Pennsylvania)
"Targeting regulators of the mosquito complement-like pathway to block malaria transmission"

Gibbs Nasir (BSPH, Sinnis)
"The Role of Antibodies Targeting Plasmodium Sporozoites: Is the Greatest Impact at the Inoculation Site?"


Ian Cockburn (Australia National University)
"T and B cell responses to Plasmodium sporozoites"

20-Oct-17Giovanna Carpi (BSPH, Norris)
"Plasmodium diversity in vectors and humans through the lens of genomics”
27-Oct-17David Serre (University of Maryland)
"Drug Resistance and Relapse in Plasmodium vivax"
3-Nov-17No seminar; The Future of Malaria Research 
10-Nov-17Tomoko Ishino (Ehime University - Japan)
"Identification of a male specific protein involved in exflagellation"
17-Nov-17Photini Sinnis (BSPH)
"Using the Rodent Malaria Model to Understand the Force of Malaria Infection"
24-Nov-17No JHMRI seminar the week of Thanksgiving 
1-Dec-17Clive Shiff (BSPH)
"The mosquito, damn it"
8-Dec-17David Sullivan (BSPH) "Subclinical malaria in Bangladesh"W2008
15-Dec-17Matt Ippolito (JHSOM)

"The Clinical Pharmacology of Malaria Control and Elimination: Untangling the Antigametocyte Effects of ACTs"

Spring 2017 Malaria Friday Seminars - Fridays 4pm
20-JanMichael Macdonald (Consultant) "“Entomology and Vector Control in the Greater Mekong Subregion”W2008
27-JanJohn Adams (University of South Florida) "Discovering the essential genome of Plasmodium falciparum"W2008
3-FebNo seminar; MMI student recruitment 
10-FebLeah Walker (BSPH, Sullivan) "Optimization of antimalarial regimens in a cytocidal P. berghei model"W2008
17-FebGrace Kennedy (BSPH, Sullivan) "Repurposing iron chelators and cethromycin for liver stage malaria"W2008
24-FebSeoukyoung Kang (BSPH, Dimopoulos) "Prefoldin, a potential target for transmission blocking of malaria in Anopheles mosquitoes"W2008
3-MarAnna Durbin (BSPH) "A Year in the Life of Zika"W2008
10-MarFlaminia Catteruccia (Harvard School of Public Health) "Sex, blood and parasites: the malaria mosquito exposed"W2008
17-MarPrakash Srinivasan (BSPH) "Understanding Plasmodium invasion of host cells"W2008
24-MarDouglas Norris and Giovanna Carpi (BSPH, Norris) "PREMONITION: robotic smart traps and metagenomic pipelines for vector and pathogen surveillance and discovery"*W3008*
31-MarMads Daugaard (University of British Columbia) "Exploiting malarial host-anchor proteins for cancer therapy"W2008
7-AprBrian Lovett (Raymond St. Leger Lab, University of Maryland) "Genetically engineered insect pathogenic fungi"W2008
14-AprJesus Valenzuela (NIH) "What’s behind a successful parasite transmission by a sand fly bite?"W2008
21-AprWei Huang (BSPH, Jacobs-Lorena) "Developing strategies to fight malaria parasite in mosquitoes"W2008
28-AprJenny Stevenson (BSPH and Macha Research Trust) "Residual malaria transmission: rethinking entomology surveillance"W2008
5-MayYevel Flores-Garcia (Zavala) "The effect of antibodies on motility of sporozoites in the skin"W2008
12-MayShaden Kamhawi (NIH) "A crucial role for gut microbiota of sand flies in Leishmania development and transmission"W2008
19-MayNo seminar; ScM student presentations 
26-MayNo seminar; Memorial Day weekend 
2-JunNo seminar; speaker rescheduled 
9-JunNo seminar; Vector Encounter 
16-JunRussell Swift (BSPH, Prigge) "Elucidation of Essential Apicolplast Proteins in Plasmodium falciparum"W2008
23-JunThiago Rosa (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) "The mechanisms of complement evasion by malaria parasites"W2008


2016 FALL MALARIA FRIDAY SEMINARS - Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m.

9-SepJHMRI Fall Kick-Off & Social, "New Resources and Opportunities" (slides)W2008
16-SepShannon Takala Harrison (University of Maryland)

"Genomic Epidemiology of Antimalarial Drug Resistance in Southeast Asia"

23-SepChristine Hopp (National Institutes of Health)

"Imaging human malaria sporozoites at the inoculation site"

30-SepRaul Saraiva (JHSPH, Dimopoulos)

"Fighting bugs with bugs: anti-Plasmodium mechanisms of mosquito midgut bacteria"

7-OctManuel Llinas (Pennsylvania State University)

"Dissecting the Regulation of Plasmodium Development"

14-OctTejram Sahu (JHSPH, Coppens)

"Plasmodium Liver-Stage: From Basic Biology to Vaccine Development"

21-OctKelly Searle (JHSPH, Moss)

"Challenges to achieving malaria elimination in southern Zambia"

28-OctSanjai Kumar (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

"Immunopathogenesis of Experimental Cerebral Malaria"

4-NovThe Future of Malaria Research symposiumRockville, MD
11-NovJake Tu (Virginia Tech)

"Sex and control of mosquito-borne infectious diseases"

18-NovPietro Alano (Dipartimento di Malattie Infettive, Parassitarie ed Immunomediate, Istituto Superiore di Sanità)

"Low profile and hideouts in the transmission strategy of Plasmodium falciparum"

25-NovNo seminar; JHU closed for Thanksgiving holiday -

Tamaki Kobayashi (JHSPH, Moss)
"The use of serology for malaria surveillance in Southern Africa"


George Dimopoulos (JHSPH) 
transmission bottlenecks in the mosquito"

16-DecDavid Fidock (Columbia University)

"MALARIA: Tackling the Tsunami of Drug Resistance"



2016 MALARIA FRIDAY SEMINARS  - Fridays at 4 p.m. in W2008

29-Jan-2016Kyle McLean (JHSPH - Jacobs-Lorena)
5-Feb-2016Jane Carlton (New York University)
12-Feb-2016Clive Shiff (JHSPH)
19-Feb-2016David Sullivan (JHSPH)
26-Feb-2016Sung Jae Cha (JHSPH - Jacobs-Lorena)
4-Mar-2016Joel Vega-Rodriguez (JHSPH - Jacobs-Lorena)
11-Mar-2016Ananias Escalante (Temple University)
18-Mar-2016Debbie Andrew (JHSOM)
25-Mar-2016Zack Adelman (Virginia Tech University)
1-Apr-2016Krithika Rajaram (JHSPH - Dinglasan)
8-Apr-2016Karen Masterson, author of The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government's Secret Mission to find a Miracle Cure
15-Apr-2016Jason Stumhofer (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)
22-Apr-2016Amanda Balaban (JHSPH - Sinnis)
29-Apr-2016Sean Prigge (JHSPH)
6-May-2016Fidel Zavala (JHSPH)
13-May-2016Channe Gowda  (Pennsylvania State University) 
20-May-2016Rob Paris (Walter Reed Army Institute for Research)
27-May-2016No seminar; Memorial Day Weekend
3-Jun-2016Christine Jones (JHSPH - Norris)


2015 DATES



Tim Shields/Frank Curriero (JHU - Environmental Surveillance Core)


Olena 'Lena' Riabinina (Johns Hopkins University - Potter lab)


Paul Roepe (Georgetown University)


No seminar, JHMRI Fall Symposium - Rockville, MD


Alejandro Kroleweicki (Fundacion Huesped, Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Phil Thuma (Macha Research Trust)


Norman Waters (Walter Reed Army Institute for Research)


Mike Matunis (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)


No seminar; JHU closed for Thanksgiving holidays


Johanna Daily (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University)


Monique Stins (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health/School of Medicine)


Kyle McKlean (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Jacobs-Lorena Lab)


No seminar, JHU closed for Christmas