Kristopher Schwebler, MDc

VECD Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow

Medical Student, Weill Cornell Medical College

Fellowship Site: Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

Research Interests: Innate immune response in cutaneous leishmaniasis

Mr. Schwebler will spend his fellowship year at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, under the mentorship of Edgar M. Carvalho, MD, PhD. His research will focus on the innate immune response in cutaneous leishmaniasis and will describe the regulation of the inflammatory response through the analysis of skin-associated cytokines and monocyte/NK cell subsets.

Mr. Schwebler is an MD candidate at Weill Cornell Medical College. After graduating from medical school, he will pursue graduate medical education in Anesthesiology and/or Pediatrics. He intends to have a career focused on working internationally in resource-limited settings while conducting clinical and public health research. In past projects, Mr. Schwebler has studied the immunologic response to HIV/SIV vaccines. His other research interests include leishmaniasis, neglected tropical diseases, critical care medicine, health policy, and health systems. His career decisions and research interests are grounded in a desire to help ameliorate the current global state of healthcare inequality.