Center for Vaccines and Immunology, Department of Infectious Diseases
Research Professional III, Translational Vaccine Unit

Jeff received his bachelors’ degrees in Biology and Physics from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in December 2008.  Upon moving to Athens in 2015 he began working in the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia.  The focus of his research was investigating cell death pathways of primary human trophoblast in the context of infection by Plasmodium falciparum, the most virulent species of human malaria parasite.  Jeff moved to the CVI Core in October 2017 and is currently working on generating stable cell lines for the production of recombinant proteins for the study of COBRA vaccines for influenza viruses.

Research Interests

Monoclonal Antibody Production

Generation of Stable Cell Lines

Cell Death Pathways

Educational Background

BS (2008), Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

BA (2008), Physics, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Associates in Science (2005), Cape Fear Community College

Selected Publications

Demba Sarr; Jeffrey W. Ecker; David S. Peterson; Julie M. Moore. Placental Malaria Induces Oxidative Stress in Human Syncytiotrophoblast. 2017. submitted

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