JCSMR School Seminar Series: The role of Programmed cell death 1 and its ligands in driving malaria.

Dr Michelle Wykes, QIMR Berghofer, Brisbane, QLD.

Malaria is a debilitating disease affecting over 250 million people around the world and resulting in the deaths of approximately one million people; most are children under five years old. Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites called Plasmodium that are spread from person to person by mosquitoes. There are six species of parasite that infect humans, and they are becoming ever more resistant to the drugs used to prevent infection and treat established disease.

The major area of research interest is centered on understanding immunology of malaria and using this knowledge to address fundamental questions in immunology.

Our research focuses on:

  • Identifying the role of dendritic cells in the life cycle of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium spp.
  • Using experimental rodent malaria infection to understand the pathogenesis of malaria
  • Understanding the role of Programmed cell death-1 and PD-L2 in immunity against malaria
  • Identification of host molecular pathways or immunological signals that contribute to protection against malaria


Date & time

12–1pm 15 May 2015


The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU


 Emma Dowling
 02 6125 2528

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