Absalon Lab @ IUSM

The Absalon Lab 

Sabrina Absalon Ph.D.: Principal Investigator


Dr. Sabrina Absalon received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France. Her graduate work in Dr. Philippe Bastin's Lab at Pasteur Institute Paris focused on studying flagellum assembly and function in the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei. She then moved to Boston for her first postdoctoral training in Dr. Anna Krichevsky's Lab at the Harvard Institute of Medicine to determine the contribution of microRNAs to Alzheimer's disease progression.

In 2011, she went back to parasitology and joined a research group led by Dr. Jeffrey Dvorin at Boston Children's Hospital, where she studied the molecular pathogenesis of malaria infection. She joined the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in October 2019, where she is currently an Assistant professor.

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Benjamin, Scott Liffner

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ben received a BSc from the University of Adelaide, before completing BSc (Honours) and Ph.D. in Danny Wilson’s lab at the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases. Throughout his Honours and Ph.D. studies, Ben examined the invasion of malaria parasites into red blood cells in molecular detail; with a particular emphasis on using cutting-edge microscopy techniques to understand this fascinating process. Ben joined our lab in January of 2021 and his current projects aim to understand nuclear envelope dynamics during malaria parasite replication through the use of new microscopy techniques.

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James Blauwkamp

IBMG Student

James graduated from Kettering University in Winter of 2018 with a B.S in Biochemistry and joined Absalon Lab in Spring of 2020. While he has had little experience with Plasmodium spp. before joining, he is eager to learn all he can and to be an asset to the lab. While he is not working or taking classes, he enjoys getting some fresh air on the golf course or relieving stress with bowling.

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Elaine, Ann Hilton

Undergraduate Student - LHSI 2021-2022

Elaine is a current Junior at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She will graduate with a B.S. in Biology in Spring of 2023. Elaine is excited to join the Absalon Lab in Fall 2021 as an intern through the Life Health Sciences Internship Program. She hopes to gain knowledge about Plasmodium parasites and further her passion for research. In her free time, some of her hobbies include fish keeping and traveling.

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Brevin Horvath

Undergraduate Student

Brevin started as a Life-Health Sciences Intern (LHSI) for the Absalon Lab in September 2020. During the year long internship, he worked on cloning recombinant DNA for a knockdown study of P. Falciparum. He is now continuing his work in the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Brevin is studying biomedical engineering with aspirations of going to medical school after graduation. When not studying, he enjoys hiking, swimming, and gardening.

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