At the forefront of the global fight against infectious diseases affecting children, the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases and Global Health research team focuses on malaria and HIV, two leading causes of death and disability in children worldwide.
The group works on human malaria pathogenesis and transmission, with an immediate goal of reduction in death and disability from malaria and a long-term goal of elimination of malaria in areas suited to such campaigns. Research questions include examining why children develop severe malaria, the neurodevelopment consequences of severe malaria, the risks of malaria in children with sickle cell disease and the effects of changing transmission on malaria immunity.
Active studies related to HIV examine adherence to HIV medications, stigma in HIV, disclosure of HIV status to children, evaluation and treatment of HIV in adolescents, and neurodevelopmental impairment in infants exposed to HIV.
This group houses an exceptional and diverse assortment of postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, along with a steady flow of visiting national and international trainees and scholars.