Martin Lab - Membrane transport proteins of the malaria parasite

Martin Lab

The malaria parasite is a single-celled microorganism which invades the red blood cells of its host. Malaria remains a major infectious disease in many parts of the world, causing approximately 243 million clinical cases and almost one million deaths per year. Moreover, malaria imposes horrendous economic burdens upon afflicted countries. An effective vaccine remains elusive and reliance on chemotherapy is under serious threat with the emergence of parasites that are resistant to most, if not all, of the antimalarial drugs available.

We use a combination of biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, and bioinformatic techniques to study:

  • Membrane transport proteins of the malaria parasite, with an emphasis on those involved in drug resistance
  • Mechanisms of drug resistance and drug action in the malaria parasite
  • Design of novel antimalarial drugs



Rowena Martin

Rowena Martin
Rowena Martin carried out her PhD in the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ANU, taking a multidisciplinary approach...


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