Audrey R. Odom John, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine; Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
children & adolescents, drug development & delivery, global health, infectious disease, malaria

Dr. Odom John’s lab studies the basic molecular and cellular biology of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, in order to identify new antimalarial drug targets. New drugs are urgently needed to treat malaria, which causes nearly one million deaths per year, mostly very young children. Her primary research goals are to understand the biological functions of specific metabolic pathways in the malaria parasite – that is, to understand what the parasite needs to make, and why it needs to make it.