Dr. Manuel Llinas
Dr. Manuel Llinás received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley followed by postdoctoral work at UC San Francisco. In 2005 he joined the faculty at Princeton University in the Department of Molecular Biology where he was a member of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Since 2013 he is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University where he is co-Director of the Center for Malaria Research and a member of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics. His research combines tools from functional genomics, molecular parasitology, computational biology, and biochemistry to understand the fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying blood stage development in malaria parasites. His research focuses on two major areas: the role of the Apicomplexan AP2 (ApiAP2) proteins in the transcriptional regulation of Plasmodium parasite development, and an in-depth characterization of the parasite’s unique metabolic network using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics.