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Victoria (Fehintola) Ajogbasile

Victoria Ajogbasile

Victoria is a postdoctoral scholar working on the genomic epidemiology of malaria. Victoria is from Ogun State, Nigeria. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, a  Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genomics, and a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genomics, all from Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. She was a research fellow for 7years at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious diseases (ACEGID) where she worked on genomic surveillance studies of Malaria, COVID-19, HIV, Lassa Fever and Yellow Fever. Victoria’s core goal is to better understand infectious pathogens in order to eradicate them. 

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Lydia Eloff

Lydia Eloff

Lydia is a visiting PhD scholar from the Biomedical Research lab at the University of Namibia. She works closely with the National Vector borne disease control programme at the Ministry of Health in implementing Malaria Molecular Surveillance to support malaria elimination in the country. She has fieldwork experience in sample collection and quality assurance in a supervisory role as well as wet lab experience using molecular tools for malaria diagnostics and parasite genomics. She is interested in using genomic data to understand spatial and temporal trends of  Plasmodium transmission and the drivers of transmission in Namibia to overcome barriers to elimination in this low transmission setting.


Adrienne Epstein 

Adrienne Epstein

Adrienne is a postdoctoral scholar. She joins us from a Liverpool post doc exploring invasive mosquitos (A stephensi) and malaria transmission in the Horn of Africa. Her PhD work applied spatial methods to malaria surveillance data in order to generate maps of malaria risk in Uganda. Adrienne completed her MS in Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2017.

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Endashaw Esayas 

Endashaw Esayas

Endashaw is a visiting scholar from Armauer Hansen Research Institute in Addis& Ababa, Ethiopia, where he has conducted research for nearly 6 years. Prior to this appointment, he worked nearly 7 years with the& Malaria Control and Elimination branch of the Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia

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Marco Hamins-Puertolas

Marco Hamins-Puertolas

Marco is a postdoctoral scholar. His research involves developing mathematical models for viral evolution across different scales. Marco has modeled various systems including infectious disease dynamics, prison recidivism, and honey bee population dynamics.

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Jared Honeycutt

Jared Honeycutt

Jared is a postdoctoral scholar studying serological responses during the development of naturally acquired immunity to malaria. He worked in Denise Monack’s lab at Stanford for his PhD studying the pathogenesis of invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella. Jared is interested in exploring the interactions between host immune responses and pathogen genetics with a view toward improving public health interventions such as vaccines.

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William Louie 

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William is a postdoctoral scholar interested in the complex transmission dynamics of vector-borne diseases. He earned his PhD in microbiology with an emphasis in the biology of vector-borne diseases at UC Davis under Lark Coffey. There, he studied the impacts of the environment-acquired microbiota within Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on their vector competence for Zika virus. After graduating, he continued in her lab, investigating the ability of Ae. aegypti to become infected by Mayaro virus when fed on viremic rhesus macaques. In addition to research, he  advocates for engages with discourse into the colonial history and ethics of tropical medicine.

 Max McClure

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Max is an infectious disease fellow. He is interested in the ecoepidemiology of vector-borne disease and will be conducting research on entomological risk factors for malaria transmission. Max attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, completed Internal Medicine residency at Stanford University, and joined the UCSF Infectious Diseases fellowship in 2022.


Maxwell Murphy


Max is a PhD student in Biostatistics at UC Berkeley. He is interested in using statistical modeling and machine learning to understand malaria transmission dynamics, as well as applications of non parametric statistics to problems of causal inference. In his previous life, he worked as a molecular biologist gaining wet lab experience.

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Joanna Vinden

Jo Vinden

Jo is a PhD student in Infectious Diseases and Immunity at UC Berkeley. She did her BSc in chemistry at McGill University. She is interested in infectious diseases, vaccinology, and global health. In the Greenhouse lab, she is working on a project to elucidate the human antibody response to malaria.

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Qiyu Wang

​ Qiyu Wang

Qiyu is a Master student in Biostatistics at UC Berkeley. She earned her BSc in Computer Science and Biology at McGill University. She is interested in using machine learning and Bayesian modeling to study biology and public health problems. She is now working on molecular surveillance for malaria using probability models under the supervision of Professor Isabel Rodríguez-Barraquer.