Pradipsinh K. Rathod is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA), where his lab studies malaria pharmacology and genetic plasticity of Plasmodium falciparum. Pradip is also the Program Director of an NIH International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research for South Asia. Since 2010, the Center has studied the evolution of malaria parasites across the Indian subcontinent and its possible impact on disease presentations and control.
Pradip has received the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge Exploration Awards (2009-2012), Medicines for Malaria Venture Project of the Year (with M. Phillips, 2010), Ellison Medical Foundation Global Infectious Diseases Senior Scholar Award (2002), and ASTMH Molecular, Cellular, and Immunology of Parasites Award (2002). He has co-chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Drug Resistance (2016), the Woods Hole Molecular Parasitology Meeting (2007-2009), and a Keystone Symposium on Drugs against Parasitic Diseases (2005). Earlier, he was a Professor of Biology at The Catholic University of America (1986-2000) where he received a Burroughs Welcome Fund New Initiatives in Malaria Research Award (1997), NIH RCDA Award (1994), and a NIH FIRST Award (1988).
Pradip grew up in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, studied biochemistry for his PhD under Jack Fellman (OHSU, 1977-1981) and did post-doctoral work in bioorganic chemistry with Robert H. Abeles and Armen Tashjian (Brandeis University and Harvard SPH, 1982-1986). He has one grown daughter and enjoys taming his massive garden and attempting various home improvement projects.
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