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Albert Mulenga

Mulenga, Albert

Molecular Biology of Tick Salivary Proteins

With a long term goal of developing sub-unit vaccines against vectors and vector-borne pathogens, the Mulenga laboratory focuses on deciphering molecular mechanisms underlying the three-way interaction cascade involving the arthropod vector, vector-borne disease pathogen, and the mammalian host. The research program seeks to identify key molecules from arthropod vectors and the vector-borne pathogens that allow for evasion of mammalian host defenses. Identified molecules will be characterized and assessed for their suitability as candidate antigens for development of vaccines against vectors and vector-borne disease agents.