Karen Lant

Karen Lant (no photo)

Continuing Instructor

Academic Credentials

B.S. University of Salford
Ph.D. University of Edinburgh


Dr. Lant received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, where she first became interested in parasitology, and her PhD in malaria genetics from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr Lant moved to the US to work in the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research at the National Institutes of Health and spent over 10 years doing basic research using genetic mapping to study how malaria parasites invade red blood cells and become resistant to antimalarial drugs. Dr Lant currently teaches Genetics, Parasitology and Writing for Science, along with various laboratory sections.

Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Genetics
  • Parasitology
  • Writing for Science

Research Interests

  • Malaria parasites of birds, reptiles & mammals
  • Host-parasite relationships
  • Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system for parasitic worms


Dr. Lant has written over 40 articles, including primary research papers, reviews and book chapters.  Her publications have appeared in journals such as Nature, Cell Host & Microbe, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.


Phone: 703-284-1015

Email: karen.lant@marymount.edu