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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Areas of Interest

Malaria, tropical medicine, general infectious disease, global health, molecular epidemiology

About

I am an NIH-funded physician-scientist and principal investigator in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab (IDEEL) at UNC. My research lies at the interface of clinical and molecular studies on malaria. Earlier in my career, I studied multi-drug resistant malaria and relapses due to vivax malaria in Southeast Asia. My current projects focus on 1) determinants of malaria transmission from human hosts to mosquitos, 2) the epidemiology and relapse patterns of Plasmodium ovale in East Africa, and 3) the contribution of malaria importation to continuing transmission on Zanzibar. In 2020, I led a SARS-CoV-2 household transmission study in North Carolina that demonstrated higher secondary attack rates in minority households and linked higher nasopharyngeal viral loads with increased transmission. I enjoy helping patients solve their infectious disease problems and working with colleagues and trainees to tackle interesting research questions relevant to global health.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Yale University
  • Medical School Baylor College of Medicine
  • Residency University of California San Diego
  • Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Masters in Clinical Research University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill., Gillings School of Global Public Health