04/14/22 Welcome rotation student Janet Olivas!

Janet graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2019 with a bachelor's in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry. During her undergraduate education at UTEP,  she conducted research in the Laboratory of Dr. Igor C. Almeida in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at the Border Biomedical Research Center. There,  she worked on the characterization of immunogenic epitopes of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi for the development of a Chagas Disease Vaccine. After graduating from college, she was awarded a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Training (IRTA) position at the National Institutes of Health where she joined the laboratory of Dr. Joel Vega-Rodriguez. There, she studied the role of vector and host factors for the Malaria parasite infectivity. She is currently working with graduate student Amicha Robertson to investigate bacteria-T. muris interactions.