Victoria H. Mann, PhD [married Dr. Paul J Brindley; one child]) is Research Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine, in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences of the George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston South Carolina, and holds MSPH and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Early in her research career she worked at Burroughs Wellcome on drug development against Pneumocystis carinii. Her post-doctoral training began at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s NIAID Laboratory of Parasitic diseases under the direction of Dr. Dennis Dwyer working with Leishmania donovani. Subsequently she undertook a second postdoc position at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia Kensington in the laboratory of Dr. Annette Gero (Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine). At UNSW she studied metabolism of Plasmodium falciparum in response to antimalarials. Thereafter, she took a position as a research officer at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Australia. At the QIMR, she investigated vaccine candidates for Plasmodium falciparum in the laboratory of Alan Saul PhD and on cancer and plasminogen activators in the laboratory of Dr. Toni Antalis. In 1999, she returned to the USA, to Tulane University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Brindley working on transgenesis of helminths. She is proud to note that she and her family became ‘Katrina refugees’ from the hurricane of August 2005. Dr. Mann was appointed to the position of Assistant research Professor at the George Washington University’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences in 2008. She undertakes research on molecular helminthology and helminth infection induced cancers with Professor Paul Brindley. Dr. Mann is the author of more than 30 peer reviewed publications, with her recent research focussed on functional genomics of platyhelminth parasites.