Dr. Samuel Wassmer
After completing his Ph.D. in France, Samuel Wassmer joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2004 and was based at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme in Malawi for over 6 years. He then joined the Department of Microbiology at the New York University School of Medicine where he is currently Assistant Professor. His research activities are field-oriented and focus on endothelial dysfunction in cerebral malaria, as well as on the mechanisms underlying the pathological differences between African and Southeast Asian populations, the main affected groups. Using pioneering techniques to isolate and analyse endothelial cells from patients, he was instrumental in demonstrating the pivotal role of endothelial protein C receptor in fatal pediatric cerebral malaria, associating for the first time coagulation and inflammation with sequestration. More recently, his group started using novel MRI techniques in a large cohort of adult patients from India to identify neurovascular changes during cerebral malaria, with a view to developing new interventions.