People

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Regina Joice Cordy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (2018 – present)

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in Public Health, Harvard University. B.A. in Human Biology, University of Virginia.

RJC is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Wake Forest University. Her PhD work at Harvard led to the identification of an enrichment site of malaria’s sexual stages (gametocytes) in the bone marrow. Her postdoctoral work at Emory focused on computational analysis of the microbiome and metabolome of malaria-infected hosts.

In her free time, she enjoys sewing, taking road trips, and relaxing outside on her back porch.

cordy teaching microscopy techniques

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Heather Colvin

PhD Student (2018 – present)

B.S. in Biochemistry, Campbell University

colvh [at] wfu.edu

Heather’s work focuses on the impact of oxidative stress on cells of the erythroid lineage, with a focus toward how exogenous amino acids may help to alleviate the impact of this stress.

In her free time, Heather enjoys training her dogs, going on hikes, and being outdoors.

Dinah Nahid

PhD Student (2019 – present)

B.A. in Biochemistry, Smith College

nahid19 [at] wfu.edu

Dinah’s work focuses on Plasmodium replication rate under varying oxygen conditions, using a combination of in vitro culture and mathematical modeling approaches.

In her free time, Dinah enjoys cooking, taking walks outside, and taking care of her cat.

Kevin Coffey

PhD Student (2021 – present)

B.S. in Biology, UNC Charlotte

coffk21 [at] wfu.edu

Kevin’s work focuses on studying differential gene expression of Plasmodium falciparum in various oxygen conditions.

Outside of studying infectious diseases, he enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, swimming, playing tennis, and learning about different cultures around the world.

Cam Sherlock

PhD Student (2022-Present)

B.S. in the biological sciences, University of Pittsburgh 

sherce22 [at] wfu.edu

Cam’s work focuses on how oxidative stress disrupts the cell cycle during erythroid development in the context of malarial anemia. 

When Cam is not in the lab, he enjoys playing basketball, doing graphic design work, and editing videos.

Tryphena Adams

PhD Student (2022 – present)

MPhil. Applied Parasitology, University of Ghana

BSc. Animal Biology and Conservation Science, University of Ghana

adamt22 [at] wfu.edu

Tryphena’s work focuses on the gut biology, particularly the gut microbiome and gut barrier integrity following a malaria infection and its influence on disease severity.

Outside of the lab, she enjoys a lot of indoor activities: mostly spending time with family, listening to music and podcasts, volunteering, trying out recipes and traveling.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Estefania Narvaez

B.S. in HES, Minors in Biology and Chemistry, WFU (’23)

narveg19 [at] wfu.edu

Presidential Wake Forest Fellow for the Office of the CEO at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist (2023 fall)

Estefania has been researching the parasite stage morphology and parasitemia counting protocols of Plasmodium falciparum

She is interested in the field of Pediatrics and Neonatology, with hopes of implementing clinical research with a supporting team.

Sung Ku Kang

B.S. in Biology, WFU (’23)

kangs216 [at] wfu.edu

PharmD Student in USC School of Pharmacy (2023 fall)

Sung Ku has been working with Dinah to perform real time PCR to determine the concentration of Plasmodium DNA.

In his free time, Sung Ku enjoys outdoor and Indoor Rock Climbing.

Joy Oguama

B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, WFU (’23)

oguanj19 [at] wfu.edu

Joy is on the pre-med track and plan on going to medical school in the near future.

In her free time, she loves to cook, jump rope, and spend time with her friends and family. 

Alex Latuda

B.S. in Biology, Minor in Statistics, WFU (’24)

latuac20 [at] wfu.edu

Alex is part of the computational analysis team.

Outside of research and classes, Alex is a biology and organic chemistry tutor, and she is the president of the American Sign Language Club.

Matt Walker

B.S. in Biology, Minors in Spanish and Chemistry, WFU (’24)

walkmj20 [at] wfu.edu

Matt has been helping Dinah with her research and plan to attend medical school after graduation.

In his free time, Matt is an avid runner. He volunteers as a Spanish-English medical interpreter and enjoys rock climbing.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Irene/Lu Bai

B.S. in Biology and Mathematical Statistics, WFU (’22)

bail19 [at] wfu.edu

Irene’s work focuses on correlation analysis between untargeted metabolomics and clinical factors from plasma samples infected with Plasmodium knowlesi/coatneyi. Irene also handles lab management tasks.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and watching musicals.

LAB ALUMNI