Joanne is a molecular parasitologist, having completed her PhD in the laboratory of Prof Andy Waters at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology in Glasgow (UK), and will begin postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof Scott Lindner at Pennsylvania State University (PA, USA) in August 2019. Her PhD research involved determining epigenetic differences between asexual and sexual stages of the rodent malaria parasite, Plasmodium berghei, with a view to uncovering targets in the sexual stage that could be exploited to prevent malaria transmission through mosquitoes. At Penn State, Joanne will continue her study of Plasmodium sexual development and transmission, this time focussing on translational repression mechanisms using the Plasmodium yoelii rodent malaria model.
Joanne’s research interests include the development of novel molecular technologies to further characterise proteins in Apicomplexan parasites; functional characterisation of a number of putative epigenetic and translational regulators in Plasmodium; and the development of better malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). Alongside her research interests, Joanne is a passionate supporter of the movement towards Open Access journals, and loves teaching and public engagement. You can follow Joanne’s work further at:
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