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Mary Prahl, MD

TitleAssistant Adjunct Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentPediatrics
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-514-0510
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    UCSFFellowship2016Pediatric Infectious Disease
    Northwestern/Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of ChicagoResidency2012Pediatrics
    University of MinnesotaM.D.2009Medicine
    College of Saint ScholasticaB.S.2004Biochemistry
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    IDSA Foundation2014Merle A. Sande/Pfizer Fellowship Award in International Infectious Diseases
    Northwestern University2012Research Scholars Day Judges' Award
    Northwestern University2011Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    Children's Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University2009Resident Teaching Award
    College of Saint Scholastica2004Summa Cum Laude

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    Dr. Prahl is a clinician-scientist engaged in translational research evaluating human immune responses to malaria during pregnancy and early childhood to facilitate the development of novel strategies for disease prevention in low-resource settings. This research is based on collaborations with Makerere University in Uganda. Dr. Prahl currently works in the Feeney lab at the ZSFGH Department of Experimental Medicine. Dr. Prahl’s guiding career focus is to decipher the biologic underpinnings of infectious diseases that afflict the impoverished, and to apply these findings to address global health challenges.

    Dr. Prahl’s current work is aimed at understanding the immunologic consequences of in utero malaria exposure and malaria prevention on the immune system during fetal development and early childhood. Current malaria vaccines have been limited by poor immunogenicity in young children living in malaria endemic areas, and further research is needed to determine the reasons for these poor immune responses to malaria antigens in order to develop new tools to fight the malaria epidemic. Dr. Prahl’s work is aimed at evaluating potential contributing mechanisms of immune tolerance resulting from in utero malaria exposure and evaluating the effect of malaria control measures on the developing immune responses. In addition to her translational immunology work, Dr. Prahl aims to encourage and train future medical providers in global health careers.


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    The Impact of Placental Malaria on Neonatal Tolerance and Immunity to Malaria
    IDSA-sponsored Merle A. Sande-Pfizer Fellowship Award in International Infectious Diseases Sep 1, 2014
    Role: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    1. Prahl M, Jagannathan P, McIntyre TI, Auma A, Wamala S, Nalubega M, Musinguzi K, Naluwu K, Sikyoma E, Budker R, Odorizzi P, Kakuru A, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. Sex disparity in cord blood FoxP3+ CD4 T regulatory cells in infants exposed to malaria in utero. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 2017; 1(4).
    2. Prahl M, Jagannathan P, McIntyre TI, Auma A, Farrington L, Wamala S, Nalubega M, Musinguzi K, Naluwu K, Sikyoma E, Budker R, Vance H, Odorizzi P, Nayebare P, Ategeka J, Kakuru A, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. Timing of in utero malaria exposure influences fetal CD4 T cell regulatory versus effector differentiation. Malar J. 2016 Oct 7; 15(1):497. PMID: 27717402.
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    3. Prahl M, Dhaliwal G, Shulman ST, Doshi N, Monash B. Another spin. J Hosp Med. 2016 Jul; 11(7):509-12. PMID: 27018991.
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    4. Prahl M, Smetana D, Porta N. Lactobezoar formation in two premature infants receiving medium-chain triglyceride formula. J Perinatol. 2014 Aug; 34(8):634-5. PMID: 25073493.
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