Parasitology Research

MMG faculty with interests in parasitology focus on malaria host-pathogen interactions, with the aim of better understanding how malaria infection takes hold and causes disease. Research topics include mechanisms of parasite invasion and residence in host cells, antigenic variation, immune mechanisms of parasite control, immunopathogenesis of malaria infection and the impact of co-infections on malaria. Multiple tools are being used to research malaria on campus and current funded work includes a large NIH-funded systems biology project Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC) that simultaneously models multiple aspects of malaria biology. Faculty members who specialize in malaria include Dr. Mary Galinski.