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He’s aiming for a malaria shot
The parasite that causes malaria is a tricky bug, slipping past all of our natural and artificial defenses. Benjamin Ho, a medical student at the University of Minnesota, hopes his research will lay the foundation for the creation of the first malaria vaccine. In addition to his lab work, he also spends time in Kenya, directly fighting this deadly illness.

As a child, Benjamin wanted to be an architect. But rewarding experiences with college science courses and volunteering at a free clinic helped him find his true calling. His advice to other budding health professionals is to take your time, volunteer, listen to yourself, and balance work and life. He feels that an effective doctor must be inquisitive and passionate about learning, but at the same time patient and sensitive to all aspects of the human experience.
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