Malaria parasite and neutrophil interactions

Research Opportunity
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Elizabeth Aitken 0383441972 Personal web page

Project Details

Malaria causes almost half a million deaths every year.   An understanding of how our innate immune system can help clear infection would go a long way in understanding why some people are able to clear infections while others are not.  Neutrophils are the most abundant white blood cell in the body however due to past research focusing almost exclusively on monocyte interactions with the parasite we know very little of how the malaria causing parasite Plasmodium and neutrophils interact.  This project will involve a variety of laboratory techniques including co-culture of Plasmodium falciparum, neutrophils and their products along with parasite growth assays, cell staining, microscopy and flow cytometry to identify the unique and novel ways that neutrophils are able to protect individuals from malaria.

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

Research Opportunities

Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Rogerson Laboratory: Pathogenesis of malaria and immunity in children and pregnant women

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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