Parasitic diseases provide unique in vivo models for studying immune responses due to the biological diversity of the pathogens involved and their ability to evade host defense mechanisms in order to establish persistent infections. The overall objective of our work is to better understand the immunology of host-pathogen interaction and basic aspects of CD4+ T cell effector and regulatory function. We believe that characterization of the mechanisms that govern the induction of host resistance versus immunopathology is critical for successful immune intervention and rational design of more effective vaccines and immunotherapies for infectious diseases.
Dragana Lj. Jankovic, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Scientist, Immunoparasitology Unit
Bachelor of Science, Colgate University, New York
Former Research Group Members
2017 – 2019 Lexie Carletti, B.S. University of Washington, WA, post-baccalaureate student;
Medical Student at Oregon Health & Science University Oregon Health & Science University
2019 – 2021 Claire Conarroe, B.S. Washington & Lee University, VA, post-baccalaureate student;
Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at UVA School of Medicine