Jessica Lin, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine 

Jessica LinPhone: 919-843-4385
Fax: 919-966-6714

Division of Infectious Diseases 
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building 
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030


M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 2005 

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2008
Subspecialty Board of Infectious Disease, 2011 

Research Summary

Jessica Lin is an infectious disease clinician-scientist with a primary research interest in malaria. She studies the molecular epidemiology of malaria in Southeast Asia, especially with regards to drug resistant-parasites, relapsing vivax infections, and the parasite transmission stages in human and mosquitoes. These studies use sophisticated genotyping and sequencing methods to better understand how drug resistant malaria develops and spreads and how we can better identify and target relapsing parasites. She works with clinical investigators in Thailand and Cambodia who are documenting emerging trends in multidrug-resistant falciparum malaria. Her group was the first to identify genetic strains of vivax malaria that appear predisposed to relapse. They are following up on this finding by using next generation sequencing techniques to search for the genetic determinants of relapse. Her long-term goal is to work at the interface of clinical and molecular studies to help achieve malaria elimination. At the same time, she is developing skills that will help her build a translational genomics research program for infectious diseases in Asia.


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