Magda Franco

Contact information

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-179
Livermore, CA 94550
phone: 925 424 5662



Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

B.S. Microbiology and Chemistry, San Jose State University


My research efforts involve the ‘omics’ approaches to learn new information about the pathogenesis of intracellular microorganisms. Understanding the molecular events that occur in pathogens in response to entering the host is the focus of my research. Determining how pathogens evade the host immune system will be helpful in finding new ways of preventing and treating diseases.


  • Franco M, Shastri AJ, Boothroyd JC. Infection by Toxoplasma gondii specifically induces host c-Myc and the genes this pivotal transcription factor regulates. 

    Eukaryot Cell. 2014 Apr;13(4):483-93. PMID: 24532536

  • Shastri AJ, *Marino ND, *Franco M, Lodoen MB, Boothroyd JC. GRA25 is a novel virulence factor of Toxoplasma gondii and influences the host immune response. Infect Immun. 2014 Jun;82(6):2595-605. PMID: 24711568 

    (*equal contributors)

  • Lee MC, Franco M, Vargas DM, Hudman DA, White SJ, Fowler RG, Sargentini NJ. A ΔdinB mutation that sensitizes Escherichia coli to the lethal effects of UV- and X-radiation. Mutat Res. 2014 May-Jun;763-764:19-27. PMID: 24657250