Department of Tropical Medicine
December 2012 Newsletter
Happy Holidays from the
Department of Tropical Medicine!
Check out photos from the 2012 Holiday Potluck HERE!  
Congratulations December 2012 Graduates!
Congratulations to all of the Diploma, MPHTM and MSPH Students graduating this December! Best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Keep us updated on all of your achievements and adventures!
Student Achievements

Congratulations to Alan Goggins who was selected as an Honorable Mention recipient of the American Society for Microbiology Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship.

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Dibya Datta for passing the Preliminary Exam!

The ASTMH Annual Meeting this past November was a great opportunity for current PhD students and Post Doctoral fellows to present their work to the larger Tropical Medicine community. Congratulations to the following students who presented their research:

Rajesh Kumar: Abstract Session, Codon Harmonized Plasmodium falciparum Pfs25 Protein Produced in E.coli exhibits complete transmission blocking immunity.

Dibya Datta: Poster Session, Protein Glycosylation and Immunogenicity of DNA Vaccines.

Anusha Gopalakrishnan: Scientific Session, Role of PfRad54 and Replication Protein A in Rad51-mediated DNA strand exchange and repair of DNA damage induced by MMS in Plasmodium falciparum.

Robin Moudy: Poster Session, Examination of Insecticide Resistance in Ae. aegypti populations in New Orleans, LA. 

Departmental News

Joni Emmons joined DTM staff in October 2012 as a Grants Management Specialist. She recently graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy. Born and raised in Breaux Bridge, she is more familiar with crawfish ponds and cane fields than high-rises and street cars, but she is enjoying life in New Orleans. Joni is excited to be with us and looks forward to working with all faculty, staff, and students. Feel free to stop by her office in 2230 Tidewater and introduce yourself if you haven't already! 
Congratulations to MPH&TM student Renad Jamal Jadkarim and her husband Tamer Ahmed Gotbi on the birth of their son Ibrahim Tamer Ahmed. Ibrahim was born 7 pounds on October 3, 2012 at 9am in Ochsner Hospital. Renad and Tamer also have a three year old son, Elyas Tamer Ahmed.


Dr. Young Hong left the Department of Tropical Medicine this past August to work for Access Bio, Inc. a private biotech company in New Jersey. He was an Assistant Professor at Tulane since 2004 and continues to be an Adjunct Professor working with PhD student Mark Rider, who is finishing his Ph.D. thesis.  

Tulane SPHTM Centennial

This year the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine celebrated a century of commitment to global health. This special occasion gathered alumni, faculty, and other interested professionals to discuss some of the chief public health issues of our day. The Department of Tropical Medicine joined the celebratory events by hosting an Open House. Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars displayed their posters in the halls while Dr. McLellan invited visitors to test their skills in the lab. Refreshments were served, and several notable alumni, emeritus professors, and past department chairs were in attendance. The Department's faculty and students came together for a networking luncheon in which they discussed career paths and future innovations in public health fields. Saturday's events included various presentations and seminars, and the Centennial celebrations ended with a gala at the Hotel Monteleone. Many thanks to all in the Department who helped make the event such a success!
Check out photos from the Centennial events HERE!  
Get To Know Dibya Datta

Dibya Datta,  PhD Candidate

Dibya is a third year PhD student in the Department of Tropical Medicine and just completed the preliminary exam! She is working on several projects which look at malaria transmission blocking DNA vaccines, with the specific aim of improving the immunogenicity of the existing candidate vaccines.


Dibya was born in Calcutta, West Bengal and lived in Bombay, Maharashtra until she finished her undergraduate degree in B. Tech Biotechnology at Dr. D.Y. Patil University in 2008. She moved to Washington, D.C. and completed her Masters in Biotechnology at Georgetown University in May 2009. Dibya began working as a research student in Dr. Kumar's lab at Johns Hopkins University in July 2009 and followed the lab to Tulane in January 2010. She applied to the PhD program at Tulane and started in August of the same year.


Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Film Festival top Dibya's list of favorite New Orleans events and her favorite restaurant in the city is Café Degas. 

Where in the World is Trop Med?
Brooke Mancuso is a Peace Corps volunteer in Bwanje, Ntcheu, Malawi. She is working on sanitation and malarial prevention.

Erin Fannin just returned from Ouro Preto, Brazil where she completed her practicum collaborating with researchers at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto. Erin studied proteins/biomarkers in Schistosoma mansoni infection with the aim of discovering potential vaccine targets. Welcome back, Erin!
Taylor Bednarz will be starting as a Peace Corps volunteer in March 2013. She will be working as a Preventative Health Educator in Senegal. Check out Taylor's blog to find out more information and keep updated on her adventures,  
Margaret Tomann will travel to Bocas del Toro, Panama during winter break with The Institute of Tropical Ecology and Conservation for a course in Tropical Ethnobotany.  
Have news or updates? To be featured in the next newsletter email Margaret Tomann, and Joni Emmons,

In This Issue
Student Achievements
Departmental News
SPHTM Centennial
Get To Know Your Colleauges
Where in the World is DTM?
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