How do antibodies against Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes induce transmission blocking immunity?

Research Opportunity
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Siddhartha Mahanty 03-8344-1972
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Stephen Rogerson 8344 3259

Project Details

Immunity against sexual stage, that underpin transmission-blocking vaccines (TBV), directed at parasite molecules expressed in the gametocyte through to ookinete stages are not well-understood. Antibodies (Ab) directed against these molecules are likely be crucial for transmission blocking immunity (TBI). We aim to characterise sexual stage targets of Ab from individuals with Plasmodium falciparum(Pf) infections, the cause of the most severe form of malaria.  We will use biochemical and immunological techniques to identify and functionally characterise anti-gametocyte antibodies that mediate TBI using in sera obtained from malaria-infected individuals to better understand the properties of Abs that confer TBI.

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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