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Coppens Lab


Current Lab Members

Isabelle Coppens

Isabelle CoppensPrincipal Investigator, Professor 
PhD, University of Louvain (Belgium) 1988
Master in Drug Design, University of Lille (France) 1993




Julia RomanoResearch Associate
BSc Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY 1992
PhD, Johns Hopkins University 2000




Tejram SahuResearch Associate
BSc Botany, Sambalpur University (India) 1999
MSc Life Sciences and Biochemistry, Sambalpur University (India) 2002
PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) 2008



Karen EhrenmanSenior postdoctoral fellow/Lab Coordinator 
BSc Biology, St. Lawrence University (NY) 1976
MT (ASCP), St. Peters Medical Center (NJ) 1979
MSc Bacteriology, Wagner College (NY) 1982
PhD, Albany Medical College (NY) 1989



Eric HartmanPhD student, CMM program
BSc Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011



Beejan Asady, MMI PhD student 
BS Biology, University of Georgia, 2014




Lab Alumni

Past Postdoctoral Fellows / Research Associates: 

Nazeen Bano
Current Position: Research Scientist, University of Washington Medical Center  

Bao Lige
Current position: Senior Scientific Writer, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dominique Promeneur
Current position: Independent Contractor, ProPharma Group (Frederick, MD)

Medhi Labaied
Current position: Research Scientist, University of California, Berkeley

Vera Sampels
Current position: Technology Licensing Associate, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (Baltimore, MD)

Claudia Dick
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Rio, Brazil

Christiane Voss
Current position: Clinical Research Specialist & Medical Writer, Technical Resources International, Inc. (Bethesda, MD)

Past PhD Students

Bamini Jayabalasingham
Current position: Senior Analytical Product Manager, Elsevier, (New York, NY) 

Sabrina Nolan 
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Johns Hopkins University

Past Master Students

Jeffrey Danielson
Current position: Research Technologist, NIAID (Bethesda, MD)

Luqiong Wang
Current position: Research Specialist II, Princeton University (NJ)  

Ella Gehrke
Current position: Medical Student at Iowa State University (IA)

Past Undergraduate Researchers

Maria Elisa Smith
Current position: Medical student, University of Pennsylvania 

Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral positions are available for passionate researchers in the field of 1) host cell-parasite interactions, with focus on nutrient salvage by apicomplexan parasites, or 2) malaria parasite development in liver cells, with special interest in sporozoite metamorphosis. Individuals are also encouraged to propose other projects that complement efforts currently underway in the Coppens Lab. If you would like to apply, please email your resume and names of three references at and explain why you think you would be a good fit for my lab.

Coppens Lab Contact Information 

Professor Isabelle Coppens, PhD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology 
Malaria Research Institute 
615 N. Wolfe Street 
E5648 (office) E2209 (lab) 
Baltimore, MD 21224
443-287-1589 (office) 
443-287-1588 (lab)