University of Dundee

"Malaria: elucidating essential pathways through the red blood cell"

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00
Event Location: 
MSI Small Lecture Theatre
Professor David Horn FRSE
Event Speaker: 
Professor Manoj Duraisingh
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston
Event Type: 

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Dr. Duraisingh has been at the Harvard School of Public Health since 2002, and is the John Laporte Given Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. He is also an Associate Member at the Broad Institute. He obtained a B.A. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, and M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Molecular Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, conducting research on the molecular basis of drug-resistance in the malaria parasite.  Dr. Duraisingh then pursued postdoctoral research in molecular parasitology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, Australia, studying fundamental parasitic processes of host cell invasion and immune evasion by malaria parasites. 

Dr. Duraisingh’s research program at the HSPH focuses on the biology of host-parasite interactions in malaria. His laboratory develops and applies the latest genetic technologies associated with Plasmodium spp. and red blood cells to elucidate and study the critical interactions between the host cell and the malaria parasite Significant efforts are being made towards establishing in vitro blood-stage culture and genetic systems for the study and transmission of other human Plasmodium parasites, including P. vivax and P. knowlesi. Dr. Duraisingh is also engaged in collaborative studies in malaria-endemic areas, in particular in India, where he has focused on the biology and pathogenesis of P. vivax and P. falciparumparasites in natural populations.