Meseret Haile

Research technician I

Charlie Jennison, PhD

Fellow

Dr. Charlie Jennison did his master’s degree in medical parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he researched bovine schistosomiasis in Uganda. After a stint researching sexually transmitted infections in Cambridge, UK, he undertook a PhD at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, where he focused on the gametocyte and sporozoite biology of P. falciparum. In the Kappe Lab he is continuing his research interests in sporozoite biology, taking advantage of the labs unique ability to perform genetic crosses of P. falciparum. Using the progeny of genetic crosses, his research focuses on investigating parasite genes important for P. falciparum infection of the human liver. Outside of the lab he enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing and local breweries.

Spencer Kennedy

Research technician I

Sudhir Kumar, PhD

Fellow

Dr. Sudhir Kumar is a postdoctoral scientist in the Kappe Lab. He obtained his PhD from the National Institute of Immunology/Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, working on calcium and cyclic nucleotide mediated signaling in Plasmodium falciparum erythrocytic stages. His current project focuses on experimental genetic crosses between different artemisinin-resistant and -sensitive parasites to discover the mechanism of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum.Outside of the lab he likes to travel, read, play badminton and watch cricket.

Thao Nguyen, BS

Research technician I

Thao Nguyen received her BS in biochemistry from Seattle Pacific University. During her undergraduate work, she and her partner revised the published dopamine quantification technique to devise procedures quantifying the amount of dopamine released from Ulvaria obscura, the only known alga so far that releases this compound under stress. At the Kappe Lab, Nguyen works with the team to produce Plasmodium falciparum sporozoites to support research and GAP3KO vaccine trial purposes. She enjoys hiking, traveling and eating yummy food.