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Winter/Spring 2021 Malaria Seminars | Fridays at 12 noon

DateTitle, Speaker, Affiliation
22-JanConor McMeniman, JHMRI, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Decoding Mosquito Attraction to Human Scent”,
29-JanJHMRI and MMI Faculty and Staff, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "Core Facilities and Resources", [VIEW/DOWNLOAD SLIDES]
5-FebChoukri Ben Mamoun, Yale University, “B. duncani: An Ideal Apicomplexan Model for Understanding Host-Parasite Inter actions that Guide Intraerythrocytic Development”
12-FebClive Shiff, JHMRI, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “Malaria in Africa, from Eradication to Pragmatism, 1956-Recent!”
19-FebKirstin Lyke, University of Maryland, “Novel Use and Updates in the Plasmodium falciparum Controlled Human Malaria Infection Model”
26-FebChinmay Tikhe, JHMRI, Johns Hopkin Bloomberg School of Public Health, "Bacteriophage mediated modulation of mosquito microbiota"

Sanjay Desai, NIAID, “More questions than answers: insights into malaria parasite nutrient channels from the first RhopH structure”

12-MarSarah Volkman, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, "Genetic Epidemiology of Malaria in Senegal"
19-MarYevel Flores-Garcia, JHMRI, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "The antigenic structure of the repeat domain of P. falciparum CSP”



Monicah Mburu and Japhet Matoba, Macha Research Trust (Choma District, Zambia), Mike Chaponda, Tropical Diseases Research Centre (Nchelenge District, Zambia), Sungano Mharakurwa, Africa University and Mufaro Kanyangarara, University of South Carolina (Mutasa District, Zimbabwe), "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Malaria and Malaria Research”
2-AprilSarah Maguire, JHMRI, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine "Dysregulating a mosquito’s sense of smell: how one vector control strategy revealed new features of Anopheles olfaction” 
9-AprilJessica Schue, JHMRI, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Malaria epidemiology and control in high and low transmission settings of Zambia”
16-AprilSilvia Portugal, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, "Plasmodium falciparum dry season survival strategies” 
23-AprilWorld Malaria Day Symposium | Malaria Vector Biology & Control
30-AprilKelly Searle, University of Minnesota, "Malaria epidemiology in western Mozambique"
7-MayDaniel Goldberg, Washington University, St. Louis, "Malaria parasite plasmepsins: not just plain old degradative pepsins"
14-MayRyan Smith, Iowa State University, “Waves of immunity: Malaria parasite killing in the mosquito host”
Björn Kafsack, Cornell University, “Metabolic Regulation of Sexual Differentiation in Malaria Parasites”


Fall 2020 Malaria Seminar Series - Fridays at 12 noon

Friday Dates at NOONSpeaker, Affiliation, and Presentation Title
9/18/2020David Fidock, PhD, Columbia University
"Leveraging Genetic Approaches to Tackle the Global Spread of Drug-Resistant Malaria"
9/25/2020Jane Carlton, PhD, New York University
"Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics of Malaria Parasites: From the Sequencer to the Field"
10/02/2020George Dimopoulos, PhD, MBA, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Anopheles population modification: a disruptive technology for malaria control”
10/09/2020Teun Bousema, PhD, MSc, Radboud University, “Understanding and targeting the transmission of Plasmodium falciparum

No Seminar today; the JHMRI will have a Town Hall Meeting.

10/23/2020Philip Rosenthal, MD, University of California, San Francisco, “Malaria drug efficacy, drug resistance, and drug discovery: Studies in Africa and at UCSF”
10/30/2020Julian Rayner, PhD, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, “Leveraging experimental and natural genetic variation to understand host-parasite interactions and identify new malaria intervention targets” 
11/06/2020Andrew Hammond, PhD, Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, “Gene drives for suppression of the malaria mosquito: overcoming resistance” 
11/13/20208:30 am - 1:30 pm EST | Future of Malaria Research Symposium | View VIDEO RECORDINGS here
11/20/2020David Sullivan, MD, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, “Novel malaria drug actions that defeat resistance” 
12/04/2020Sung-Jae Cha, PhD, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, “Targeting Plasmodium parasite development bottlenecks using a phage display approach”  
12/11/2020Joel Vega-Rodriguez, PhD, National Institutes of Health, “Beyond Cuts and Scraps: The Role of Plasmin during Plasmodium transmission” 

Maryam Saffarian Abbas Zadeh, PhD, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, “Chemical genetics approach reveals the role of a multifunctional kinase in Plasmodium development” 


Winter/Spring 2020 Malaria Seminar Series - Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

Friday DatesSpeaker, Affiliation, and Presentation Title
1/24/2020Vinayak Joshi, VisionQuest Biomedical LLC,
“Malarial retinopathy screening system for improved diagnosis of cerebral malaria”
1/31/2020Yevel Flores-Garcia, Zavala lab, “Optimization of an in vivo model to study immunity to Plasmodium falciparum pre-erythrocytic stages”
2/7/2020Regina Joice Cordy, Wake Forest University,
“Metabolomics of acute and chronic malaria”
2/14/2020Eric Caragata, Dimopoulos lab, “Chromobacterium sp. Panama (Csp_P): Building a Biopesticide”
2/21/2020Paul Roepe, Georgetown University, “Challenges in Antimalarial Drug Resistance Research”
2/28/2020Brinda Dass, Stephanie James, David O’Brochta, & Michael Santos,  Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, “Gene Drive Approaches for Eliminating Malaria”
3/6/2020Rescheduled to April 10: Gary Ketner, JHMRI
3/13/2020Rescheduled to April 17: Rubayet Elahi, Prigge lab
3/20/2020Rescheduled to Autumn: David Sacks, NIAID, “The Biology of Mating in Leishmania”
3/27/2020Rescheduled to May 22: Cecilia Springer Engdahl, Dimopoulos Lab, “Discovery and development of new insecticides for mosquito control”
4/3/2020Rescheduled to Autumn: Choukri Ben Mamoun, Yale University, “Virulence and Therapy of a Tick-Borne Malaria-Like Pathogen: Inspiration from Rodin's The Thinker”
4/10/2020Virtual seminar: Gary Ketner, JHMRI, "Virus vectored delivery of monoclonal antibody genes for malaria prophylaxis"
4/17/2020Virtual seminar: Rubayet Elahi, Prigge lab, “Why Do Parasites need M&Ms?” 
4/24/2020Virtual seminar: Anthony James, University of California, Irvine, "Population modification of mosquito vectors for malaria control" video recording
5/1/2020Virtual seminar: Matthew Ippolito, "'Where Two Things Meet': Clinical and Translational Studies of Malaria in Zambia"
5/8/2020Virtual seminar: Sachie Kanatani, Sinnis lab, “Screening pathogen box compounds for activity against P. Falciparum sporozoite motility”
5/15/2020ScM presentations from the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
5/22/2020Cecilia Springer Engdahl, Dimopoulos lab, "Discovery and development of new insecticides for mosquito control”
5/29/2020Rescheduled to Autumn: Sanjai Desai, NIAID
6/5/2020Vector Encounter to be rescheduled

Fall 2019 Malaria Seminar Series - Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

Friday DatesSpeaker, Affiliation, and Presentation Title
9/6/2019Simon Draper, University of Oxford, “Towards a Vaccine for Blood-Stage Malaria – Every Antibody Counts!”
9/13/2019Peter Crompton, National Institutes of Health, “A new role for natural killer cells in host defense against malaria”
9/20/2019Tejram Sahu, Coppens lab, JHMRI, “Liver-stage specific mutant Plasmodium: A candidate for Infection Treatment Vaccination”
9/27/2019Jürgen Bosch, Case Western Reserve University, “Viva Vivax: Long-term culturing of P. vivax in human red cells”
10/4/2019Douglas Norris, “The Wild, Wild West of Malaria Vector Biology and Ecology
10/11/2019Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, “Exploring the molecular basis for Anopheles swarming and mating
10/18/2019Theresa Shapiro, “Antimalarial Drugs: The Potential of Kinetics”
10/25/2019Jennifer Güler, University of Virginia, “The AT-rich genome poises Plasmodium falciparum for adaptation
11/1/2019Bill Moss, “Malaria Eradication”
11/8/2019Dick Markham, “From Mouse to Infant Macaque: Developing a Malaria Sporozoite Vaccine
11/15/2019Niraj Tolia, National Institutes of Health, “Structural vaccinology for malaria”
11/22/2019Week of the Future of Malaria Research Symposium & the annual ASTMH meeting
11/29/2019Thanksgiving holiday
12/6/2019Wei Huang, Jacobs-Lorena lab, “Bacterial Suppression of Malaria Transmission in Mosquitoes
12/13/2019Heather Painter, Food & Drug Administration, “Capturing Fateful Transcriptional Decisions of the Malaria Parasite” 

Winter/Spring 2019 Malaria Seminar Series - Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

DateSpeaker (Affiliation)Location
1-FebEmma Camacho (JHSPH, Casadevall lab) “Exploring the Anopheles gambiae melanin-based immune response against malaria parasite”W2008
8-FebPurnima Bhanot (Rutgers New Jersey Medical School) “Basic biology to directed drug discovery: Targeting Plasmodium’s pre-erythrocytic stages to block mammalian infection”W2008
15-FebJulia Pringle (JHBSPH, Norris/Moss Labs) "Plasmodium falciparum genetics for uncovering mechanisms of sustained malaria transmission in Zambia"W2008
22-FebMike Wells (JHSOM, Andrew Lab) "Mosquito salivary gland cell architecture shapes the journey of Plasmodium sporozoites"W2008
1-MarBill Moss (JHBSPH) "The Southern and Central Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research”*W3008*
8-MarMaria Luisa Simoes (Dimopoulos) "CTL4 gene knockout blocks Plasmodium infection in the vector mosquito"W2008
15-MarNoah Butler (University of Iowa) "Regulatory circuits that constrain durable immunity against malaria"W2008
22-MarRachel Evans (JHBSPH, Sullivan) "Gametocytogenesis in Plasmodium falciparum"W2008
29-MarLais da Silva Pereira (NIH) with Shruti Shankar (BSPH) "Chemosensory mechanisms driving mosquito mating behavior"W2008
5-AprJulian Hillyer (Vanderbilt University) "Not so heartless: functional integration of the immune and circulatory systems of mosquitoes"W2008
12-AprLaura Kirkman (Weill Cornell Medical College) "Antigenic variation and the mechanisms that drive genetic diversification in malaria parasites"W2008
19-AprShengzhang Dong (JHBSPH, Dimopoulos Lab) "Mosquito miRNAs to pathogen defense"W2008
26-AprNo seminar the week of World Malaria Day --
3-MayJailos Lubinda (Ulster University, Ireland) "Spatio-temporal mapping of high and low burden areas to support malaria elimination and control efforts in Zambia using trends and incidence risk"W2008
10-MayRussell Swift (JHBSPH, Prigge) "Essential Apicoplast Metabolism in P. falciparum Parasites"W2008
17-MayNeville Kisalu (NIH) "Development of Potent Monoclonal Antibodies for Malaria Prevention"


25-MayNo seminar - Memorial Day Weekend 
31 -MayMichael Klemba (Virginia Tech) "Functional annotation of Plasmodium falciparum serine hydrolases through chemoproteomics"W2008

Fall 2018 Malaria Friday Seminar Series - Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

7-SepAudrey Odom John (Washington University in St. Louis) "Targeting metabolism to diagnose and treat malaria"W2008
14-SepMimi Ho (UCLA) "Malaria Parasite Translocon Structure and Mechanism of Effector Export"W2008
21-SepJHMRI Resources & Opportunities [SLIDES]W2008
28-SepDennis Grab (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) "Traveling with African Trypanosomes: Across the Human Blood-Brain Barrier and Beyond"W2008
5-OctKrithika Rajaram (Prigge lab) "Characterization of protein import into the apicoplast of P. falciparum"*W3030*
12-OctAmy Wesolowski (JHBSPH) "Spatial malaria dynamics: the role of human mobility on disease transmission"W2008
19-OctJames M. Burns Jr. (Drexel University) "Building a multivalent, blood-stage malaria vaccine"W2008
26-Octno seminar; Future of Malaria Research symposium & poster session in Rockville, MD --

Haripriya Mukundarajan (Standford University) “ABUZZ – Using mobile phones as mosquito sensors for a crowdsourced approach to surveillance

9-NovAli Afify (Potter lab) "Neurogenetic characterization of mosquito repellents"W2008
16-NovKim Williamson (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) "

Plasmodium’s dilemma – Should I stay or should I go?"

30-NovIsabelle Coppens  (JHBSPH) "Apicomplexan parasites are also fat accumulators"W2008
7-DecKevin Kain (University of Toronto) "New diagnostics and interventions for severe malaria"W2008
14-DecWei Huang (JHBSPH, Jacobs-Lorena Lab) "Fight malaria with paratransgenesis"W2008



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