Björn F.C. Kafsack, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

Björn joined Weill Cornell Medical College in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
He received his doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan investigating how proteins secreted by the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii allow it enter and exit host cells. 
As a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, Björn explored the molecular underpinnings of how malaria parasites initiate the development of its sexual stages, a process critical for their transmission to the mosquito.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Gate Profile

Weill Cornell Microbiology & Immunology Website

Photo Credit: Howard Tu, 2015

Photo Credit: Howard Tu, 2015

Riward Campelo, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Riward hails from Caracas, Venezuela where he completed his Ph.D. at the Central University of Venezuela in 2015. His graduate research under Dr. José Luis Ramirez focussed on biochemical characterization of kinetoplasmid telomerases. Riward has been the recipient of a number of awards including selection in the Novartis Next Generation Scientist Program. When he's not in the lab, Riward is enjoys old-school video games and is a big sneakerhead.


Chantal Harris (Graduate Student)

Chantal graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science. Her undergraduate research as a McNair Scholar focused on the cross-presentation between dendritic cells and auto-reactive CD8+ T cells in the context of Type I Diabetes. She is currently a student in the IMP program at Weill Cornell. When she is not in lab, Chantal takes every opportunity she can to travel or binge watch her favorite shows.

Christopher Nötzel (Graduate Student)

Before joining Weill Cornell's BCMB program, Chrischi worked on trafficking of peroxisomal proteins for his Masters degree in Molecular Medicine at the University of Göttingen. When he's not in the lab, Chrischi plays guitar and likes to explore the world both above and below water.

Xinran Tong (Technician)

Xinran joined the Kafsack Lab as a research technician in September 2015. She recently graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with Bachelor of Science in Physiology and a Bachelor of Art in Mathematics. Xinran is interested in applying quantitative approaches and mathematical modeling to malaria research.


The Kafsack Lab is always looking for talented scientists...

Past Members:

2015-2016 Jacqueline Tavs (Undergraduate Student, Barnard University )

Summer 2016: Randy Coupet (Visiting Student, Université de Bordeaux)