Home Institution: Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Accra, Ghana
Research Topic: The role of leptin signaling on CD4 T-cell function in undernourished and well malnourished HIV-infected subjects initiating ART
Dr. Fuseini will spend her fellowship year at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Re-search (NMIMR) in Accra under the mentorship of John Koethe, MD and Ben Gyan, PhD. Her research will focus on the role of leptin signaling in CD4 cell function in undernourished and malnourished HIV-infected subjects’ initiating anti-retroviral therapy.
Dr. Fuseini received a BS in Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2013. Following graduation, a growing interest in biomedical research led her to be appointed as a PREP Scholar at UNC Chapel Hill. As a PREP Scholar, Dr. Fuseini worked in the laboratory of Dr. Kristina de Paris, where her research project focused on delineating age-related functionally differences in myeloid dendritic cells and monocyte sub-sets in PBMCs from malaria-HIV co-infected children and adults from Malawi.
Dr. Fuseini went on to pursue a PhD in Immunology at Vanderbilt University in the laboratory of Dr. Dawn C. Newcomb. Dr. Fuseini achieved two-first author publications from her dissertation work. Her long-term career goal is to become an independent clinical researcher with a lab focused on conducting mechanistic-driven human studies that investigate the effects of host factors, including nutritional status, sex and age on leukocyte function in the context of infectious diseases and autoimmunity.