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Jeny R. Cursino dos Santos, PhD



Head, Host-Pathogen Research Program
Assistant Member, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute

Contact Information

Phone: +1 (212) 570-3462

Lab Personnel

Celiane Cardoso Carvalho, MS Research Assistant II

Funding Support

  • New York Blood Center Intramural Funding, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute. (PI) Cursino-Santos 04/2018-04/2021 “Lipids and Egress of Babesia from the RBC”.

Current Projects

The Host-Pathogen Research Program is focused on the discovery of new chemotherapeutic targets to combat Human Babesiosis, an emerging zoonotic disease. To attain these goals, we have investigated the sophisticated mechanisms that parasites have developed to support their needs, from the perspective of the molecular interplay among lipids, proteins and membranes. Metabolic pathways, which differ from that of the human host, have been exploited as the source of potential molecules that can be used for the development of either new chemotherapeutics or pathogen inactivation methods for blood products.

Education and Training

Master Training

MS, Genetics. Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine, São Paulo University, Brazil.

Doctoral Training

PhD, Genetics. Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine, São Paulo University, Brazil.

Postdoctoral Training

  • PhD, Genetics. Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine, São Paulo University, Brazil
  • New York Blood Center, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, USA


  1. Lobo CA, Cursino-Santos JR, Singh M, Rodriguez M. Babesia divergens: A Drive to Survive. Pathogens. 2019 Jul 2;8(3). pii: E95. doi: 10.3390/pathogens8030095.
  2. Cursino-Santos JR, Singh M, Senaldi E, Manwani D, Yazdanbakhsh K, Lobo CA. Altered parasite life-cycle processes characterize Babesia divergens infection in human sickle cell anemia. Haematologica. 2019 Mar 28. pii: haematol.2018.214304. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2018.214304.
  3. Yi W, Bao W, Rodriguez M, Liu Y, Singh M, Ramlall V, Cursino-Santos JR, Zhong H, Elton CM, Wright GJ, Mendelson A, An X, Lobo CA, Yazdanbakhsh K. Robust adaptive immune response against Babesia microti infection marked by low parasitemia in a murine model of sickle cell disease. Blood Adv. 2018 Dec 11;2(23):3462-3478.
  4. Cursino-Santos JR, Singh M, Pham P, Lobo CA. A novel flow cytometric application discriminates among the effects of chemical inhibitors on various phases of Babesia divergens intraerythrocytic cycle. Cytometry A. 2017 Mar;91(3):216-231.
  5.  Ord RL, Rodriguez M, Cursino-Santos JR, Hong H, Singh M, Gray J, Lobo CA. Identification and Characterization of the Rhoptry Neck Protein 2 in Babesia divergens and B. microti. Infect Immun. 2016 Apr 22;84(5):1574-84.
  6. Cursino-Santos JR, Singh M, Pham P, Rodriguez M, Lobo CA. Babesia divergens builds a complex population structure composed of specific ratios of infected cells to ensure a prompt response to changing environmental conditions. Cell Microbiol. 2016 Jun;18(6):859-74
  7. Rodriguez M, Alhassan A, Ord RL, Cursino-Santos JR, Singh M, Gray J, Lobo CA. Identification and characterization of the RouenBd1987 Babesia divergens Rhopty-Associated Protein 1. PLoS One. 2014 Sep 16;9(9):e107727.
  8. Cursino-Santos JR, Halverson G, Rodriguez M, Narla M, Lobo CA. Identification of binding domains on red blood cell glycophorins for Babesia divergensTransfusion. 2014 Apr;54(4):982-9.
  9. Cursino-Santos JR, Alhassan A, Singh M, Lobo CA. Babesia: impact of cold storage on the survival and the viability of parasites in blood bags. Transfusion. 2014 Mar;54(3):585-91.
  10. Lobo CA, Cursino-Santos JR, Alhassan A, Rodrigues M. Babesia: an emerging infectious threat in transfusion medicine. PLoS Pathog. 2013;9(7):e1003387.
  11. Coelho LM, Cursino-Santos JR, Persinoti GF, Rossi A, Martinez-Rossi NM. The Microsporum canis genome is organized into five chromosomes based on evidence from electrophoretic karyotyping and chromosome end mapping. Med Mycol. 2013 Feb;51(2):208-13.
  12. Lobo CA, Rodriguez M, Cursino-Santos JR. Babesia and red cell invasion. Curr Opin Hematol. 2012;19(3):170-5.
  13. Alberts CC, Ribeiro-Paes JT, Aranda-Selverio G, Cursino-Santos JR, Moreno-Cotulio VR, Oliveira AL, Porchia BF, Santos WF, Souza EB. DNA extraction from hair shafts of wild Brazilian felids and canids. Genet Mol Res. 2010 Dec 21;9(4):2429-35.
  14. Peres NT, Sanches PR, Falcão JP, Silveira HC, Paião FG, Maranhão FC, Gras DE, Segato F, Cazzaniga RA, Mazucato M, Cursino-Santos JR, Aquino-Ferreira R, Rossi A, Martinez-Rossi NM. Transcriptional profiling reveals the expression of novel genes in response to various stimuli in the human dermatophyte Trichophyton rubrum. BMC Microbiol. 2010 Feb 8;10:39.
  15. Brito-Madurro AG, Prade RA, Madurro JM, Santos MA, Peres NT, Cursino-Santos JR, Martinez-Rossi NM, Rossi A. A single amino acid substitution in one of the lipases of Aspergillus nidulans confers resistance to the antimycotic drug undecanoic acid. Biochem Genet. 2008 Oct;46(9-10):557-65.
  16. Cursino-Santos, J.R., Meneguim, L., Leite Jr., R.P., Martinez-Rossi, N.M.  Disruption of drrA gene affects the Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri response to oxidative stress. Journal of Biological Sciences. 2008, 8: 349-355.
  17. Cursino-Santos JR, Donadi EA, Martinelli AL, Louzada-Junior P, Martinez-Rossi NM. Evolution of hepatitis C virus infection under host factor influence in an ethnically complex population. Liver Int. 2007 Dec;27(10):1371-8.
  18. Paião FG, Segato F, Cursino-Santos JR, Peres NT, Martinez-Rossi NM. Analysis of Trichophyton rubrum gene expression in response to cytotoxic drugs. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2007 Jun;271(2):180-6.
  19. Brochetto-Braga MR; Lima PRM; Chaud-Netto J; Arab A; Silva GP; Cursino-Santos, JR. Enzymatic variability among venoms from different subspecies of Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Sociobiology , v. 45, n.3, p. 797-809, 2005.
  20. Cursino-Santos, J.R.; Defina, T.P.A.; Martinez-Rossi, N.M. The secrets of plants and their pathogens in the Molecular Era. Ed. Brazilian Genetics Society. RiMa, Série Monografias, 41p., 2003. (Book in Portuguese).
  21. da Silva AC, Ferro JA, Reinach FC, Farah CS, Furlan LR, Quaggio RB, Monteiro-Vitorello CB, Van Sluys MA, Almeida NF, Alves LM, do Amaral AM, Bertolini MC, Camargo LE, Camarotte G, Cannavan F, Cardozo J, Chambergo F, Ciapina LP, Cicarelli RM, Coutinho LL, Cursino-Santos JR, El-Dorry H, Faria JB, Ferreira AJ, Ferreira RC, Ferro MI, Formighieri EF, Franco MC, Greggio CC, Gruber A, Katsuyama AM, Kishi LT, Leite RP, Lemos EG, Lemos MV, Locali EC, Machado MA, Madeira AM, Martinez-Rossi NM, Martins EC, Meidanis J, Menck CF, Miyaki CY, Moon DH, Moreira LM, Novo MT, Okura VK, Oliveira MC, Oliveira VR, Pereira HA, Rossi A, Sena JA, Silva C, de Souza RF, Spinola LA, Takita MA, Tamura RE, Teixeira EC, Tezza RI, Trindade dos Santos M, Truffi D, Tsai SM, White FF, Setubal JC, Kitajima JP. Comparison of the genomes of two Xanthomonas pathogens with differing host specificities. Nature. 2002 May 23;417(6887):459-63.
  22. Cursino-Santos JR; Gusman AB; Oliveira-Filho EC. Taxonomic survey of the benthic marine algae on the beaches Domingas Dias and Lázaro, Ubatuba, SP, Brazil. Napea, v. 8, p. 5-15, 1992.