Department of Infectious Diseases
Graduate Student, Muralidharan Lab
Grace received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Western Carolina University in 2017. After graduation, she interned at the Defense Forensic Science Center in Atlanta, GA, and then spent the next two years as an ORISE Fellow in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the fall of 2020, she joined ILS at UGA and rotated through several labs before joining the Muralidharan lab and she is working on understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria, to invade host red blood cells. Grace’s project uses genetic engineering tools to investigate the function of transmembrane proteins hypothesized to play a role in Plasmodium invasion.
- Plasmodium falciparum
- Cell biology
- Genome engineering