Katherine Dobbs, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Center for Global Health and Diseases
School of Medicine

Research Information

Research Interests

Dr. Dobbs’ research interests include innate immunity to malaria and childhood infections of global health significance. She is currently principal investigator of a career development award studying monocyte-mediated immune responses to pediatric malaria. Current projects include determining the mechanisms underlying changes in monocyte function during malaria and understanding the role that epigenetic reprogramming plays in innate immune responses to malaria infection.


Dobbs K and Dent E. Plasmodium malaria and antimalarial antibodies in the first year of life.
Parasitology 2016;143(2):129.

Dobbs K, Embury P, Odada-Sumba P, Vulule J, Rosa B, Mitreva M, Kazura J, Dent A. Monocyte dysregulation and systemic inflammation during pediatric falciparum malaria. 2017. JCI Insight, Sep 21;2(18).

Schrum JE, Crabtree JN, Dobbs KR, Kiritsy MC, Reed GW, Gazzinelli RT, Netea MG, Kazura JW, Dent AE, Fitzgerald KA, Golenbock DT. Plasmodium falciparum induces trained innate immunity. J Immunol, January 12, 2018, ji1701010.

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Doctor of Medicine
University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Residency in Pediatrics
Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital