Patrick E. Duffy, M.D.Twinbrook I, Room 11115640 Fishers LaneRockville, MD 20892-8152Phone: 301-443-4605Fax: email@example.com
Chief, Pathogenesis and Immunity Section, LMIV
The Pathogenesis and Immunity Section of LMIV conducts human and animal studies of malaria pathogenesis and host immunity, including population-based studies in communities exposed to Plasmodium falciparum. Our research emphasizes pregnant women and children, the populations most susceptible to malaria morbidity and mortality, with collaborative cohort studies ongoing in Mali and Tanzania.
The over-arching goal of our basic, clinical, and epidemiologic research is novel vaccine discovery and testing. Our group first described the distinct P. falciparum phenotype that causes placental malaria, and the findings have guided the design of a vaccine being manufactured at LMIV to prevent pregnancy malaria.
We have recently extended this paradigm to severe malaria in African children, where efforts are underway to identify parasite forms and proteins involved in severe syndromes that may be targeted by protective antibodies. We apply functional genomics tools, including microarray and RNA sequencing platforms, to identify surface proteins in blood-stage malaria parasites that may be targets of protective antibodies naturally acquired by individuals in malaria-endemic areas.
In addition to our studies of blood-stage parasites, we have a collaborative program to study liver-stage malaria parasites, which are the target for vaccines that will completely prevent infection. We have completed an initial characterization of the transcriptome of liver stage P. falciparum and are assessing novel liver stage antigens as targets of immune responses that correlate with protection in animals or humans, including humans that are experimentally infected with the parasite.
The basic immunology and pathogenesis research of our section aligns with the broader LMIV focus on the development of vaccines to interrupt malaria transmission (transmission-blocking and anti-infection vaccines) and vaccines to prevent severe malaria in pregnant women and children. Consistent with LMIV generally, the Pathogenesis and Immunity Section also emphasizes training for young American and African scientists who conduct individual projects under the umbrella of a coherent synergistic program.
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Patrick E. Duffy is chief of the Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology. Before taking this position in November 2009, he served as malaria program director at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI) and affiliate professor of global health at the University of Washington. His research is focused on understanding the pathogenesis and immunology of malaria in humans. He leads the Pregnancy Malaria Initiative to develop a malaria vaccine for pregnant women, a Grand Challenges in Global Health consortium project to understand immunity to severe malaria in African children, and a consortium of laboratories identifying novel vaccine targets against liver stage malaria parasites. He recently established the Malaria Clinical Trials Center for experimental malaria infections of humans in Seattle and for several years led the SBRI-Tanzania Malaria Research Training Program for young African scientists. He received his medical degree from Duke University, his internal medicine training at Walter Reed, and his postdoctoral training in molecular vaccine development at the National Institutes of Health.
Charlotte Hobbs, M.D., Assistant Clinical Investigator
Jingyang Chen, Biologist
Kun-Lin Lee, Biologist
Weili Dai, Lab Technician
Charles Luswata, Senior Research Associate
Jillian Van Vliet, Scientist
Solomon Conteh, Scientist
Tejram Sahu, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow
Ankur Sharma, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow
Adovi Akue, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Jessica Taaffe, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Natasha Spottiswood, Predoctoral Fellow
Vignali M, Armour CD, Chen J, Morrison R, Castle JC, Biery MC, Bouzek H, Moon W, Babak T, Fried M, Raymond CK, Duffy PE. NSR-seq transcriptional profiling enables identification of a gene signature of Plasmodium falciparum parasites infecting children. J Clin Invest. 2011 Mar 1;121(3):1119-29.
Harrington WE, Mutabingwa TK, Muehlenbachs A, Sorensen B, Bolla MC, Fried M, Duffy PE. Competitive facilitation of drug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites in pregnant women who receive preventive treatment. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jun 2;106(22):9027-32.
Muehlenbachs A, Fried M, Lachowitzer J, Mutabingwa TK, Duffy PE. Natural selection of FLT1 alleles and their association with malaria resistance in utero. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Sep 23;105(38):14488-91.
Muehlenbachs A, Fried M, Lachowitzer J, Mutabingwa TK, Duffy PE. Genome-wide expression analysis of placental malaria reveals features of lymphoid neogenesis during chronic infection. J Immunol. 2007 Jul 1;179(1):557-65.
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Last Updated October 30, 2012