Robin Stephens, PhDRobin Stephens, PhD
Associate Professor
Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Internal Medicine

Phone: (409) 747-1860
Fax: (409) 772-6527

Education: PhD, 2001, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
MA, 1997, New York University, New York, NY
BA, 1993, Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Overview: Malaria still kills 0.8 million people a year, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa. Vaccine work has entered a very hopeful stage, but very little is known about the factors determining immunity to this parasitic disease. Work in our laboratory focuses on the immunology and pathology of malaria infection. CD4+ Memory T and B cells are essential for effective immunity, however there are many aspects of their development and maintenance that are not yet understood. Our primary goal is to understand the mechanisms of differentiation and protection by these cells.

Research Interests

    1. CD4+ T cell memory to blood stages of Plasmodium chabaudi, mouse malaria
    2. Effector function (Th1, Tfh) in memory cells in malaria
    3. Vaccine strategies to generate protective effector memory T cells
    4. Mechanisms of Cerebral Malaria pathogenesis
    5. T cell memory and cytokines in P. Falciparum infection in collaboration with field laboratories
    6. Techniques: Multi-color flow cytometry, transcriptomics, adoptive T cell transfer using T cell receptor Transgenic mice, in vivo studies

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