My particular interest is in studying infectious diseases afflicting communities in low-income countries and thereby engineering novel ways to counter them. Malaria is an unrelenting disease in Zambia, as it is in many other countries of the sub-Sahara. Based at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, I will use the latest life science research methodologies at large scale to study the pathways utilized by the wily malaria parasite to invade human erythrocytes. This approach may uncover specific invasion molecules associated with severe clinical malaria, potentially important candidates for future vaccine or drug development. I look forward to being a part of this eclectic community of scholars and honing my skills as a scientist under the mentorship of leading malaria researchers at the Sanger.