Mary Ann McDowell
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Areas of Expertise
A member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, McDowell’s research interest is the immunobiology of infectious diseases. Her current research program mainly focuses on two vector-transmitted, intracellular parasites, Leishmania and Plasmodium. Projects in her laboratory are aimed at deciphering the intricate interactions between the vertebrate immune system, pathogens and vector components that lead to disease resistance or susceptibility. Her research utilizes methods in cell biology, immunology, and molecular biology and she employs a variety of model systems ranging from in vitro culture systems to murine models to endemic human populations.