Parasitology

Plasmodium malariae

Parasites can infect humans, animals and plants causing severe problems such as Malaria and reduced crop production. In the Research School of Biology we study the physiology, cell biology and development of the Malaria parasite, Toxoplasma gondii and nematodes to improve our basic understanding of these organisms. These approaches are used to identify new targets to treat Malaria and improve plant production.

Projects

Highlights

Characterising a new drug target in the malaria parasite

by Natalie Spillman
Malaria remains a serious global health threat, with up to half of the world’s population living in malaria endemic regions. Although significant...

News

23
Oct
2017
The Research School of Biology (RSB) welcomes the election of Professor Kiaran Kirk as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, for his outstanding...
03
Nov
2016
Congratulations to new RSB Future Fellows Maja Adamska, Megan Head, Rowena Martin, Sasha Mikheyev and Jiayu (Jean) Wen, and to NHMRC Early Career Fellow Rob Summers! Fifteen ARC...
11
Oct
2016
The Australian National University (ANU) has partnered with Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany) to deliver a dual PhD program aimed at crossing boundaries to fight malaria....
27
Jul
2016
Malaria researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found one of the malaria parasite's best weapons against drug treatments turns out to be an Achilles' heel,...
03
Jun
2015
At a clinic in the western part of Cambodia, a young mother is given the malaria drug Artemisinin. After six days of treatment, the parasite has been cleared from her blood and...
18
Dec
2014
The Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) course 'Concepts in Parasitology' took place at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra and Kioloa Coastal Campus between...
02
Dec
2014
Scientists have released details of a raft of new chemicals with potent anti-malarial properties which could open the way to new drugs to fight the disease. A new paper in PNAS is...
09
Sep
2014
A new study has revealed a weak spot in the complex life cycle of malaria, which could be exploited to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. It found female malaria parasites...
13
Aug
2014
Australian native cuckoos are engaged in an arms race, competing with each other to take over other species’ nests. The finding by Research School of Biology scientists gives new...
30
Apr
2014
Professor Kiaran Kirk has been appointed as the Dean of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. Professor Kirk has been with ANU since 1996, coming initially from...

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