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Ana Rodriguez FernandezAssociate Professor, Department of Microbiology
Co-Director, Anopheles Insectary
341 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10016
Our lab studies two different parasites, Plasmodium, which causes Malaria and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease. Malaria is a devastating disease that causes more than half a million deaths per year, mainly among children in third world countries. There is an urgent need for new strategies to control malaria, but there is a lack of detailed knowledge of the basic biological processes of Plasmodium, that would allow faster development of anti-malaria drugs and vaccines. A main interest of our laboratory is the study of malaria-induced inflammatory pathology and its implications in the pathology of disease, including cerebral malaria and severe anemia. We also intend to develop effective drugs against Chagas Disease. In collaboration with GSK, we have performed high through put screenings of intracellular Trypanosoma cruzi, to find compounds with anti-trypanosomal activities. Selected compounds are being tested for efficacy in mice.