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  • Karen Blake Jacobson

    Karen Blake Jacobson

    Instructor, Medicine - Infectious Diseases

    BioDr. Jacobson is Postdoctoral Medical Fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. She previously received her MD and MPH from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed residency in Internal Medicine/HIV Primary Care at Yale. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Jacobson’s current research focus is on the epidemiology and natural history of SARS-CoV-2, and the interactions between SARS-CoV-2 and malaria in pregnancy in malaria endemic settings.

  • Prasanna Jagannathan

    Prasanna Jagannathan

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbiology and Immunology

    BioI am an Infectious Diseases physician-scientist with a research program in human immunology of malaria and clinical trials of immune modulatory interventions. Our group has been conducting detailed longitudinal cohort studies in children and pregnant women in order to study how repeated malaria shapes the cellular immune response. We are also studying how malaria control interventions such as antimalarial chemoprevention and vector control shape the acquisition and/or maintenance of protective immunity to malaria. We have expanded this work to not only include studying the mechanisms driving naturally acquired immunity to malaria, but other infectious diseases, including SARS CoV-2. We have also lead and/or participated in studies evaluating therapeutic strategies for patients with mild to moderate COVID-19.