Cheryl Lobo, PhD


Head, Laboratory of Blood-Borne Parasites
Member, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute

Research Area

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.

Contact Information

Phone: +1 (212) 570-3415

Lab Personnel

  • Marilis Rodriguez, BS Senior Research Assistant
  • Manpreet Singh, MS Research Assistant 

Funding Support

  • USAID Leidos P010188250 PI: Lobo 09/2016 - 12/2019  "In Vitro growth inhibition studies"
  • NIH R21AI131203 PI: Lobo   02/15/2017-– 01/31/2020 (NCE) "Babesia: Extracellular Vesicles and their Role in Intercellular Communication"
  • NIH R01 HL140625 An, Lobo, Westhoff (Multi-PI) 12/15/2017-11/30/2021 "Use of forward genetic approaches to identify Babesia receptors”