Early Career Panellist: B. Joanne Power


Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, USA

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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1 Comment

  1. Hilary Hurd on

    Congratulation of obtaining your PhD.
    I have followed you tweets with interest and many provided links to excellent publications, some of which have formed the basis of BugBitten blogs, so thank you.

    I would like to invite you to submit a blog to BugBitten on a subjet of your choosing, perhaps some of the work included in your PhD, with a view to becomming a regular contributer and perhaps an editor.
    If you are interested or would like further information please email me.
    Kind regards

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