Cheryl Lobo, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Blood-Borne Parasites
Member, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute
The Laboratory of Blood-Borne Parasites studies the mechanisms of invasion, intracellular development, multiplication and egress in three intra-erythrocytic parasites- Plasmodium falciparum, Babesia divergens and Babesia microti, using in vitro culture systems and rodent models of disease. Our interest focuses on host RBC receptors and parasite ligands and changes mediated by the parasite to the RBC, with the eventual goal of developing viable interventions to detect and halt transmission of these pathogens via blood transfusions.
- Marilis Rodriguez, BS Senior Research Assistant
- Manpreet Singh, MS Research Assistant
- NIH P01 HL149626 Lobo (PI, Project 2) 07/20/2020 – 06/30/2025 "Hemolytic Complications in Babesia Infections”
- NIH R01 HL140625 An, Lobo, Westhoff (Multi-PI) 12/15/2017-11/30/2021 "Use of forward genetic approaches to identify Babesia receptors”