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Dr Caitlin Naylor

Dr Caitlin Naylor

  • George and Susan Brownlee Junior Research Fellow in Biomedical Sciences

Profile

I studied Biological Sciences for my undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh, with an Honours year in Infectious Diseases. I then pursued my doctoral studies at the University of Virginia, obtaining a PhD in Microbiology in 2010. Following that, I spent nearly 4 years in The Gambia with MRC Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researching leptin signaling in neutrophils in the context of genetic polymorphisms and malnutrition. In 2018 I joined Dr Hal Drakesmiths lab at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Research

My research looks at the effect of iron regulation on malarial drug response and pathogenesis. Iron is critical for cellular immune responses, malarial growth, and artemisinin activity. Iron deficiency is a global health problem and high incidence overlaps geographically with malaria-endemic areas. My research is investigating if iron content in a red blood cell can be manipulated using the iron regulatory hormone hepcidin to improve artemisinin efficacy or alter pathogenesis.