Amanda L. Collar
Frietze Lab Member since 2018
PhD, BioMedical Sciences, University of New Mexico, 2022
BS, Biology (minor in Government), New Mexico State University, 2013
Post-Baccalaureate, National Institutes of Health, Michail S. Lionakis Lab, 2013-2015
Mandy is an MD-PhD Candidate (Class of 2024) in the Frietze lab. She is interested in becoming a Physician-Scientist in the field of infectious diseases. She is currently leading projects to investigate the protective antibody epitopes in response to natural urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis infection and engineering prophylactic Chlamydia trachomatis vaccine candidates to be tested via in vitro assays and challenge studies. She also investigates women's sexual behavior and risk factors associated with Chlamydia transmission and infection in a UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center funded pilot grant.
Mandy is interested in infectious diseases, women's health, and health policy and advocacy. She currently holds positions as the Health Policy and Advocacy Chair for the New Mexico American College of Physicians and on the Council of Student Members for the National American College of Physicians.
Mandy was previously supported by the NIH/NIAID EPIC-STI Cooperative Research Center and the UNM Infectious Disease and Inflammation Training Grant (T32) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and is now supported by an NIH F30 MD-PhD Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.