Congratulations Caroline on completing the Wake Forest LEAP program!

The Cordy Lab was honored to participate in the inaugural year of the Wake Forest LEAP program which pairs local high school students with Wake Forest faculty for a summer experience in STEM. Caroline Thornton from Reynolds High School joined us this summer and gained several new skills, including: staining slides, using a compound microscope, using an image analysis software, and a graphing software. Further, she used the opportunity to meet with faculty and other individuals on campus for informational interviews to help set her up for the next steps in her education. You can read about the LEAP program and its awesome end-of-summer symposium, which was held on Friday June 29th in this article published in the Winston Salem Journal.

Reflecting on my history

“Five years ago today, this article was published by the wonderful folks at the NC State University Library. The article describes a visit in which I brought my family members to NC State to bask in the history that my grandmother had made by being the first African-American staff member hired at NC State. She was hired as a research technician in the Genetics Department in 1958, two years before the first African American undergraduate students graduated from NC State. While she passed away in 2003, I enjoy finding ways to honor her and “bring her along with me” in my career. I dedicated my PhD thesis to her in 2013 and mentioned her in my article in Trends in Parasitology in 2021. I also keep her microscope in my office, and am so grateful to Trudy Mackay, Henry Schaffer, and other folks at NC State for giving me this piece of our family history!”

– Regina Cordy, July 31 2022

Mari’s PhD work on P. knowlesi pathogenesis is now published!

Mariko Peterson, who is a former member of the Cordy Lab (where she did a mini-postdoc) and the Galinski Lab (where she did her PhD) is the lead author on two recent publications summarizing our findings about P. knowlesi pathogenesis. Check them out here:

Clinical recovery of Macaca fascicularis infected with Plasmodium knowlesi

Plasmodium knowlesi Cytoadhesion Involves SICA Variant Proteins

Way to go Mari & team!

Welcome Irene!

We are welcoming a new student to our lab this summer – Irene Bai – who is a Wake Forest Research Fellowship awardee! Looking forward to having her with us this summer!