Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Department Faculty

Dr. Johanna P. Daily, M.D.,  M.S.

Johanna P. Daily, M.D., M.S.

Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Areas of Research: We study the biology and host response to Plasmodium falciparum infection. We study naturally infected cohorts using comprehensive genetic and metabolic approaches to guide laboratory based pathogenesis and immunology studies

Professional Interests

Our primary research interest is in the biology, pathogenesis and immunology of Plasmodium falciparum. Patients infected with this parasite can be completely asymptomatic or develop severe disease resulting in death. The goal of our research has been to define the molecular mechanisms that underlie this variation in disease outcomes in P. falciparum. Toward this goal, we have developed a new pathogenesis model through the analysis of in vivo parasite biology and associated host factors using a whole genome approach. We have identified novel parasite biology when it resides in the human host; this biology has not been reported under in vitro cultivation and may play a role in enhanced virulence and/or transmission capacity. We also are interested in understanding the cause of coma in cerebral malaria through metabolomic studies and development of adjunctive therapy to improve outcomes.   We carry out field based translational studies in cohorts infected with malaria in Africa and test hypothesis in the animal model of malaria.  The long term goal is to identify parasite and host processes involved in disease to serve as targets for vaccine or chemotherapeutic development.

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Research Information

In the News

‘Will You Help Save My Brother?’: The Scramble to Find COVID-19 Plasma Donors

Johanna Daily, M.D., M.S., discusses the effort to screen the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19 and the potential to use their antibodies to help others who may have the disease. Dr. Daily is professor of medicine and of microbiology & immunology at Einstein and an infectious disease physician at Montefiore.

Additional coverage of Dr. Daily on COVID-19 includes: CBSNewYork, ABC7NewYork and USA Today (video)

NPR interviews Dr. Johanna Daily about the new, modestly effective RTS,S malaria vaccine that reduced disease in children by 27-46 percent.

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