The Graduate Forum

an interdisciplinary forum at New York University 

February 25, 2009
Presenter: Kurt Wong
Respondent: MagalĂ­ Armillas-Tiseyra
Mechanisms of malarial propogation

Malaria is a disease that kills nearly 1 million people every year. Why can't we produce a productive immune response, one that will kill the parasite and provide immunity against re-infection? My lab proposes that the parasite turns off the immune response by altering the function of dendritic cells, which is the primary cell type responsible for starting the immune response in the first place. My thesis project has been to understand how these dendritic cells are changing during malaria infections, both using a mouse model and in humans. the texts were: Chapter 2: Vertebrate Immunology. from Frank, S.A. 2002. Immunology and Evolution of Infectious Disease. Princeton University Press. and Greenwood, B.M. et al. 2005. Malaria. Lancet, volume 365, pages 1487-1498.











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