Dr. Jenna Oberstaller receives NRSA postdoctoral fellowship

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Dr. Jenna Oberstaller, postdoctoral scholar in the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Global Health, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.  The award provides funding for three years to study an under-explored area of malaria parasite gene regulation to identify key players suitable as novel drug targets.

Jenna Oberstaller, PhD

Jenna Oberstaller, PhD

Oberstaller received a BS in biological sciences at the University of South Carolina and a PhD in genetics from the University of Georgia.   Her primary doctoral research projects used genomics and bench work to study evolution of gene regulatory networks in apicomplexan parasites (including those responsible for malaria and other important human diseases) and to develop new malaria diagnostics.

Previously, Oberstaller received the prestigious UGA Genetics Department Kirby and Jan Alton Fellowship for 2010-11 as a result of her work in these areas, as well as a competitive Achievement Reward for College Scientists Fellowship and two Training Innovations in Parasitological Studies Fellowships from the Ellison Medical Foundation to field-test malaria diagnostic assays in Tanzania and Thailand (2010-12).

Oberstaller joined the USF Department of Global Health in November 2012, working with Dr. John Adams to continue piecing together the puzzle of how malaria parasites regulate gene expression.