Mary Prahl, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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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
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    UCSF2017Melvin M. Grumbach Award for Excellence in Research
    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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    Transplacental transfer and early infancy immunologic effects of prenatal exposure to the pesticide bendiocarb
    UCSF Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences REAC Award Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The Immunologic Impact of In Utero Malaria Exposure and Prenatal Chemoprevention
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 1K23AI127886-01A1Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The Immunologic Impact of In Utero Malaria Exposure and Prenatal Chemoprevention
    NIH K23AI127886Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    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. Exposure to pesticides in utero impacts the fetal immune system and response to vaccination in infancy. Nat Commun. 2021 01 08; 12(1):132. Prahl M, Odorizzi P, Gingrich D, Muhindo M, McIntyre T, Budker R, Jagannathan P, Farrington L, Nalubega M, Nankya F, Sikyomu E, Musinguzi K, Naluwu K, Auma A, Kakuru A, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Aweeka F, Feeney ME. PMID: 33420104.
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    2. Infant Outcomes Following Maternal Infection with SARS-CoV-2: First Report from the PRIORITY Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 18. Flaherman VJ, Afshar Y, Boscardin J, Keller RL, Mardy A, Prahl MK, Phillips C, Asiodu IV, Berghella WV, Chambers BD, Crear-Perry J, Jamieson DJ, Jacoby VL, Gaw SL. PMID: 32947612.
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    3. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in a Preterm Pregnant Patient With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Obstet Gynecol. 2020 07; 136(1):46-51. Blauvelt CA, Chiu C, Donovan AL, Prahl M, Shimotake TK, George RB, Schwartz BS, Farooqi NA, Ali SS, Cassidy A, Gonzalez JM, Gaw SL. PMID: 32384385.
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    4. In utero priming of highly functional effector T cell responses to human malaria. Sci Transl Med. 2018 10 17; 10(463). Odorizzi PM, Jagannathan P, McIntyre TI, Budker R, Prahl M, Auma A, Burt TD, Nankya F, Nalubega M, Sikyomu E, Musinguzi K, Naluwu K, Kakuru A, Dorsey G, Kamya MR, Feeney ME. PMID: 30333241.
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    5. Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy and risk of malaria in early childhood: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS Med. 2018 07; 15(7):e1002606. Jagannathan P, Kakuru A, Okiring J, Muhindo MK, Natureeba P, Nakalembe M, Opira B, Olwoch P, Nankya F, Ssewanyana I, Tetteh K, Drakeley C, Beeson J, Reiling L, Clark TD, Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Greenhouse B, Wallender E, Aweeka F, Prahl M, Charlebois ED, Feeney ME, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. PMID: 30016328.
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    6. Both inflammatory and regulatory cytokine responses to malaria are blunted with increasing age in highly exposed children. Malar J. 2017 12 29; 16(1):499. Farrington L, Vance H, Rek J, Prahl M, Jagannathan P, Katureebe A, Arinaitwe E, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Feeney ME. PMID: 29284469.
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    7. Sex Disparity in Cord Blood FoxP3+ CD4 T Regulatory Cells in Infants Exposed to Malaria In Utero. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017; 4(1):ofx022. 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. PMID: 28480292.
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    8. Timing of in utero malaria exposure influences fetal CD4 T cell regulatory versus effector differentiation. Malar J. 2016 10 07; 15(1):497. 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. PMID: 27717402.
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    9. Another spin. J Hosp Med. 2016 07; 11(7):509-12. Prahl M, Dhaliwal G, Shulman ST, Doshi N, Monash B. PMID: 27018991.
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    10. Lactobezoar formation in two premature infants receiving medium-chain triglyceride formula. J Perinatol. 2014 Aug; 34(8):634-5. Prahl M, Smetana D, Porta N. PMID: 25073493.
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