NHMRC Program in Malaria
Malaria: From Gene to Therapy
Welcome to the home site of the NHMRC Program in Malaria, a collaborative program among four internationally recognized researchers that focuses on many aspects of the biology of malaria parasites. Our research program, funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, also has a practical focus on the design of improved malaria vaccines and a new generation of anti-malarial drugs based on carbohydrate chemistry.
Topics we study include:
  1. Function of novel genes of malaria
  2. Invasion of red blood cells
  3. Protein-protein interactions at the infected red cell membrane skeleton
  4. Function of exported proteins of malaria
  5. Development of a subunit malaria vaccine based on MSP4 and MSP5
  6. Comparison of methods for inducing effective anti-malaria responses using a combination of methods including DNA immunization, viral vectors, transgenic plants, novel adjuvants and oral immunization
  7. Mechanisms of immunosuppression by malaria parasites
  8. Malaria and dendritic cells
  9. Field studies of T cell and antibody responses to various malaria antigens
  10. Cytoadherence
  11. Novel anti-malarials based on carbohydrate Chemistry
We welcome PhD, BSc Honours and postdoctoral fellows into the program. Please consult one of the Program Chief Investigators for details of how to work within this program.