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"The World Health Organization estimates that 200 million cases of malaria occur each year. Although very few cases occur in the United States, I originally became interested in how the malaria parasite invades the cells of the human host. My research interests over the last few years have been to analyze biochemically how human abnormal red blood cells resist the growth of malaria when they are infected by the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, and to try to develop effective anti-malarial chemotherapy. With my colleagues, I have reported the inhibition of malarial growth in erythrocytes that have abnormal membrane proteins, abnormal hemoglobin or other genetic anomalies. We attempt to understand how these cells biochemically withstand malaria so that we may look for drugs that hopefully will interfere with the host-parasite relationship when normal cells are invaded by malaria."