Dr. Regina Joice Cordy is an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University in the Department of Biology. Her research focuses on host-pathogen interactions of Plasmodium (etiological agent of malaria) and involves the use of computational, histological and molecular approaches. Dr. Cordy identified an enrichment site of sexual stage Plasmodium parasites in the hematopoietic system of the bone marrow during her doctoral work, and this discovery motivated her to further investigate the complex interplay between Plasmodium and its host. Dr. Cordy's postdoctoral work focused on investigating fluctuations in blood metabolites in acute versus chronic malaria using samples from both humans and animal models. She is currently establishing an independent research program to investigate how variation in host factors such as the microbiome, metabolism and diet may affect malaria disease progression.