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Dora Posfai
Graduate Student

3135A FFSC
Box 90346 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919.660.1511
Fax: TBD

Dora Posfai

Research interest: Microbial pathogenesis

I grew up in the small coastal town of Rockport, MA. For my undergraduate studies, I attended the University of Richmond where I majored in Biology. I had the opportunity to work in Dr. April Hill’s lab throughout college, studying the evolution of gene regulatory networks using freshwater sponges as our model. I also spent a semester in Brisbane, Australia where I joined a lab to study the genetic basis of neural tube closure. During a semester I spent in rural East Africa, I developed an interest in microbiology after I saw the massive burden infectious diseases has on the population.

My first rotation in the MGM department was in the Valdivia lab studying the obligate intracellular bacterium, Clamydia trachomatis. The work I did during my rotation focused on identifying mutants that have a deficiency in sphingomyelin transport. Currently I am rotating in the Chi Lab. I am working with a second year student to analyze gene expression of Plasmodium falciparum on a single cell level in order to identify differentially expressed genes between males and females.

Outside of science, I really enjoy traveling and being outdoors. Some of my favorite activities include skiing, kayaking and hiking. At Duke I particularly enjoy attending the basketball games.


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