The importance of parasites

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.

Project Groups
Cellular adaptations that allow the transmission and survival of Plasmodium falciparum when taken up by the mosquito
Design and evaluation of novel antimalarial drugs
Drug resistance in the human malaria parasite
Erythrocyte membrane modifications during malaria infection
Function of molecular chaperones in the export and display of parasite proteins
How does pfCRT confer drug resistance to malaria?
Identification and characterisation of membrane transport proteins
Ion homeostasis in the malaria parasite
Membrane transport proteins of the malaria parasite and their roles in conferring drug resistance
Molecular tools to reveal protein function and identify drug targets
New control methods for plant-parasitic nematodes
New molecular targets for drugs to treat human and animal nematode parasites
Novel nutrient/metabolite transporters in apicomplexan parasites
Nutrient acquisition in apicomplexan parasites
Plasmodium falciparum lipid metabolism as a target for malaria intervention strategies
Structural basis of drug resistance in the Malaria parasite
Targeting ion transport in apicomplexan parasites with new generation antimalarials
The biology of the mitochondrion of apicomplexan parasites
Vitamin utilisation by malaria parasites
Resource Type
Parasite Games Software