Amy McHenry

• Professor, Natural Sciences
Dean, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

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+961 81 716 442

I studied Biology at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska graduating with honors in 2004.  During my university time, I volunteered for one year teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic.  I earned my PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2009.  My research focus was molecular parasitology, studying vaccine targets for vivax malaria.  I have been teaching biology at the university level since 2011.
Outside of biology, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, traveling, nature, music, and reading.


  • Changrob S, McHenry AM, Nyunt MH, Sattabongkot J, Han ET, Adams JH, Chootong P. (2018) Persistence of long-lived memory B cells specific to Duffy Binding Protein in individuals exposed to Plasmodium vivax. Sci Rep 8(1):8347.
  • Wongkidakarn S, McHenry AM, Sattabongkot J, Adams JH, Chootong P. (2016) Strain-transcending inhibitory antibodies against homologous and heterologous strains of Duffy binding protein region II. PLoS One 11(5):e0154577.
  • Chootong P, McHenry AM, Ntumngia FB, Sattabongkot J, Adams JH. (2014) The association of Duffy binding protein region II polymorphisms and its antigenicity in Plasmodium vivax isolates from Thailand. Parasitol Int 63(6): 858-64
  • Ntumngia FB, Barnes SJ, McHenry AM, George MT, Schloegel J, Adams JH. (2014) Immunogenicity of a synthetic vaccine based on the Plasmodium vivax Duffy Binding Protein Region II. Clin Vaccine Immunol 21(9): 1215-23.
  • Ntumngia FB, Schloegel J, McHenry AM, Barnes SJ, George MT, Kennedy S, Adams JH. (2013) Immunogenicity of single versus mixed allele vaccines of Plasmodium vivax Duffy binding protein region II. Vaccine 31(40): 4382-8.
  • Ntumngia FB, Schloegel J, Barnes SJ, McHenry AM, Singh S, King CL, Adams JH. (2012) Conserved and variant epitopes of Plasmodium vivax Duffy binding protein as targets of inhibitory monoclonal antibodies. Infect Immun 80(3): 1203-8.
  • King CL, Adams JH, Xianli J, Grimberg BT, McHenry AM, Greenberg LJ, Siddiqui A, Howes RE, da Silva-Nunes M, Ferreira MU, Zimmerman PA. (2011) Fy(a)/Fy(b) antigen polymorphism in human erythrocyte Duffy antigen affects susceptibility to Plasmodium vivax malaria. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108(50): 20113-8.
  • McHenry AM, Barnes SJ, Ntumngia FB, King CL, Adams JH. (2011) Determination of the molecular basis for a limited dimorphism, N417K, in the Plasmodium vivax Duffy-binding protein. PLoS One 6(5):e20192.
  • McHenry AM, Barnwell JW, Adams JH. (2010) Plasmodium vivax DBP binding to Aotus nancymai erythrocytes is Duffy antigen dependent. J Parasitol 96(1): 225-7.
  • Ceravolo IP, Sanchez BA, Sousa TN, Guerra BM, Soares IS, Braga EM, McHenry AM, Adams JH, Brito CF, Carvalho LH. (2009) Naturally acquired inhibitory antibodies to Plasmodium vivax Duffy binding protein are short-lived and allele-specific following a single malaria infection. Clin Exp Immunol 156(3): 502-10.
  • Ntumngia FB, McHenry AM, Barnwell JW, Cole-Tobian J, King CL, Adams JH. (2009) Genetic variation among Plasmodium vivax isolates adapted to non-human primates and the implication for vaccine development. AJTMH 80(2): 218-27.
  • Grimberg BT, Udomsangpetch R, Xainli J, McHenry A, Panichakul T, Sattabongkot J, Cui L, Bockarie M, Chitnis C, Adams J, Zimmerman PA, King CL. (2007) Plasmodium vivax invasion of human erythrocytes inhibited by antibodies directed against the Duffy binding protein. PloS Med 4(12): e337.
  • McHenry AM, Adams JH. (2006) The crystal structure of P. knowlesi DBP DBL domain and its implications for immune evasion. Trends Biochem Sci 31(9): 487-91.
  • Chattopadhyay D, Rayner J, McHenry AM, Adams JH. (2006) The structure of the Plasmodium falciparum EBA175 ligand domain and the molecular basis of host specificity. Trends Parasitol 22(4): 143-5.