Graduate Research Assistant
Cellular Biology and Pharmacology
Lab: AHC3 510D and OE298
Julian Ramelow is a 4th-year doctoral candidate in the College of Medicine’s Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program. As part of a collaboration with the FIU College of Arts, Science, and Education (CASE), he studies under CASE researcher Jun Li. The Li Lab is working on identifying novel malaria pathogen infection pathways in the mosquito vector using combined approaches of computational genomics, chemistry, and biochemistry. The goal is to develop vaccines and small-molecule drugs targeting the newly discovered proteins.
Dissertation Research Area
Ramelow’s dissertation research focuses on identifying a new invasion pathway and protein-protein interactions between the Anopheles mosquito and the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. Based on previous screening, which identified several potential candidates, his research efforts discovered an uncharacterized membrane-associated mosquito protein important in malaria transmission. His project contributes to ongoing efforts to better understand mosquito-parasite pathogenesis. This knowledge could ultimately lead to better malaria vaccines in the future.
BSc., Biology and Public Health Minor, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, USA
Keleta Y, Ramelow J, Cui L, Li J. Molecular interactions between parasite and mosquito during midgut invasion as targets to block malaria transmission. NPJ Vaccines. 2021 Nov 29;6(1):140. doi: 10.1038/s41541-021-00401-9. PMID: 34845210; PMCID: PMC8630063.
Jin L, Niu G, Guan L, Ramelow J, Zhan Z, Zhou X, Li J. Discovery of mosquitocides from fungal extracts through a high-throughput cytotoxicity-screening approach. Parasit Vectors. 2021 Dec 4;14(1):595. doi: 10.1186/s13071-021-05089-3. PMID: 34863250; PMCID: PMC8643003.